The paranormal horror-thriller From the Shadows is headed your way later this month from director Mike Sargent.
This indie film stars Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Bruce Davison (“Ozark,” Willard”), Selena Anduze (“Wanda/Vision,” “Creepshow”), and Tony-nominated and multiple Emmy Award winner Keith David (“Nope,” “The Thing”).
“When the enigmatic leader of the Hidden Wisdom cult, Dr. Joseph Cawl (Bruce Davison), and eighteen of his followers all die in a mysterious inferno, the five young survivors suspected of igniting the blaze contact paranormal researcher Amara Rowan (Selena Anduze) to help uncover the real cause of the fire. When they stumble upon the truth behind the disappearance of Cawl’s partner, Dr. Leonard Bertram (Keith David), they become the target of a deranged killer who wants to slaughter them all.”
Written by Mike Kuciak, the film is based on a story by Ian Holt (co-author with Dacre Stoker of the international bestseller, “Dracula the Un-Dead,” the official sequel to Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel, “Dracula”), Mike Kuciak, and Mike Sargent, From The Shadows is produced by Michael Alden, Ian Holt and Mike Kuciak of Alt-House Productions in partnership with PFG Films. Special Effects makeup is designed by Vincent J. Guastini, with sound design by Academy Award® winner Cecelia Hall. The film’s score is composed by horror legend Alan Howarth, who collaborated with John Carpenter for the scores of classics such as Halloween, They Live, Prince Of Darkness, and “Escape From New York.
“What intrigued me most about directing this film was the idea of fear of the unknown,” said Mike Sargent. “The idea that there is something malevolent waiting for us in the darkness that we can’t see but we know is there. I also think we live in a world where we often wonder how people could commit some of the evil that they do. So, when you put this together with the ability to work with two icons like Keith David and Bruce Davison… It’s literally a genre lover’s dream come true.”
“Horror is my first and greatest love,” said screenwriter Mike Kuciak. “With From the Shadows, we get the visceral horror thrill of a crazed man with a knife leaping up behind the characters, and we get something of a Lovecraftian element in the sense that two scientists and a journalist explore something they think is simple at the face of it, only to discover something cosmic and unknown at work. I think horror works best when it is, at its core, a human story.”
Ian Holt, who devised the story of the film, said, “We got the idea for the film from Erich Von Daniken and Giorgio Tsoukalos and their “Ancient Aliens” theories, which I’ve been a fan of since I saw the documentary “Chariots Of The Gods” as a kid. The theory goes that long ago, aliens came to earth to advance our civilization by passing along to us the secret dark powers of the universe. How scary would it be if a modern man rediscovered these ancient powers? We just knew that this scenario could make for one heck of an original and terrifying supernatural horror thriller, and that was the jumping off point for From the Shadows.”
From The Shadows won the Best Feature Award at The Horrorween Festival, was a finalist at The Stranger Days Horror Festival, and is an official selection of the Phobia Film Festival in Missouri and The Port Of Fear Film Festival, Kenosha, WI.
There will also be an In-Theater contest in all of the theaters where From the Shadows will be playing. Keith David shot a short video that will screen before the feature, instructing the audience on how to capture an on-screen QR code that will allow them to enter the contest to win.
–A special FX makeup-painted appliance and mold used for Leonard Bertram’s melted face (Keith David) with a poster signed by FX makeup creator Vince Guastini and Keith David.
– Horror film memorabilia from Bruce Davison.
– A fifteen-minute exclusive interview with Keith David.
– A fifteen-minute exclusive interview with Selena Anduze.
– Film Soundtrack Vinyl signed by Alan Howarth, Keith David, Bruce Davison, and Selena Anduze.
From the Shadows will open in five theaters around the country on September 22, 2023. It will have its official red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on September 19th.
The following theaters will be showing From The Shadows:
New York, NY – Angelika East
181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Dallas, TX – Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Rd E-6, Plano, TX 75024
San Francisco, CA – Rohnert Park
555 Rohnert Park Expy West, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Washington DC – Angelika Pop-Up
550 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sacramento, CA – Tower Cinema
2508 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95818