Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen, the screenwriters behind John Carpenter's THE WARD, made their directorial debut with the haunted psychiatric hospital movie DARK FEED, and are now following that up with the Salem, Massachusetts-set horror film THE INHABITANTS.
THE INHABITANTS was shot in Salem at the Noyes-Parris House, whose 1690s inhabitants helped get the infamous witch trials started. Rumored to be haunted for real, the Noyes-Parris House was used as the location for a cursed house within the film, which
revolves around a young couple who gets more than they bargained for when they purchase and renovate an old bed and breakfast in New England. A series of troubling events leads the husband to suspect something terrible is hiding within the walls of this old house, and whatever it is has set its sights on his wife.
The couple is played by Elise Couture Stone and Michael Reed, who were also in DARK FEED.
The post-production process on THE INHABITANTS has now been completed, and the Rasmussen brothers are seeking funds to help with the delivery and marketing.
THE WARD was underwhelming and disappointing to me, almost as disappointing as the fact that it was made five years ago and is still John Carpenter's most recent movie, but I'm open to checking out whatever else the Rasmussens have to offer the horror audience.
The setting and story of THE INHABITANTS could make for an effective supernatural thriller, and its cinematic influences were strong - with their tale of a vengeful witch, Shawn Rasmussen says that he and his brother were attempting to emulate the feel of such classics as THE CHANGELING, THE HAUNTING OF JULIA, and BURNT OFFERINGS.
THE WARD star Amber Heard