The Last Exorcism director and The Strangers writer team up for They

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

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THE LAST EXORCISM director Daniel Stamm was at the helm of the Valentine's Day entry in Hulu and Blumhouse's holiday horror series Into the Dark, a feature called DOWN that was about love (gone wrong) in an elevator. While doing the press rounds to promote DOWN's release this month, Stamm talked with the folks over at Daily Dead – and during this interview he revealed some interesting details on what will hopefully be his next directorial project.

Stamm is teaming up with THE STRANGERS writer/director Bryan Bertino for a Dark Castle production called THEY. From the way Stamm describes it, it sounds like it will be something along the lines of THE STRANGERS (pictured above), except this "home invasion" story takes place at a unique location.

Stamm told Daily Dead, 

I'm hopefully directing next a movie called They, written by Bryan Bertino and produced by Dark Castle. We’re casting right now. Bryan Bertino is the guy who wrote and directed The Strangers, and he has a talent for writing set pieces that are really fresh, interesting, and unpredictable. It's so hard to do something original and fresh in the home invasion space, because there are only so many ways to scare someone.

Stamm couldn't give out too many details, but he did say, 

…it’s home invasion all set on an oil derrick in the Texan desert. Basically, it's about a group of oil workers hours away from civilization that are being confronted with an attack of a certain kind out in the desert. So it is kind of a home invasion movie, but it turns that concept on its head, and it's not a close-quarters home invasion, but more of you see [on] the horizon what is coming. It's very cool. It's very smart.

It kind of follows a little bit rhythmically the same pattern that The Strangers does. The first half, it's very mysterious and very creepy, and you're trying to figure out what the hell is going on, as are the protagonists. And then, throughout the midpoint, all hell breaks loose, and it's just like a huge second half. I'm really excited about it.

Well, I'm excited about it now, too. I really like the way Stamm describes the desert / oil derrick setting, and I look forward to watching that scenario play out.

I hope THEY will be Stamm's next movie. We'll keep you updated if and when we hear anything more about it.

Source: Daily Dead

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