Modern dating often boils down to one question: Can you trust your partner? Even if it’s for something as frivolous as a one-night stand, you can usually be pretty sure that the man or woman you’re going home with isn’t some horrible creature of the night that wants to suck the blood out of your veins. Usually. That’s not the case in Saban Films’ new horror film, The House of Darkness. Justin Long plays a lonely man whose name is not mentioned in the first trailer. But soon he finds himself in an increasingly dire situation.
That’s the thing about living in a horror story: by the time you realize what’s happening, it’s too late. Long’s character thought he had a real chance with Mina (Kate Bosworth). After all, Mina’s return to her secluded home suggests pleasant possibilities. But then Lucy (Gia Crovatin) shows up, and then Nora (Lucy Walters). It suddenly dawns on the single man on Long that he is no longer in charge of his own destiny. And judging by the pile of shoes he notices, he’s far from the first victim.
The trailer promises that this film is a reimagining of Bram Stoker Dracula, but that gives the game away, doesn’t it? And after the trailer worked so hard to keep all vampire imagery out of the frame. But consider this: Mina and Lucy were two of Dracula’s victims in the novel. And the way they act around Long’s character suggests they might be vampire brides. Or maybe they’re modern undead girls unencumbered by their own Count Dracula.
Here is the official description provided by Saban Films:
“Justin Long and Kate Bosworth star in this seductive thriller from director Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man). On his way home to his secluded mansion after a date at a local bar, a player looking to score goals thinks his beautiful, mysterious date will be another chance connection. As they get to know each other, their flirtation turns playful, sexy and sinister. Hoping to get lucky, his luck may have just run out.
Neil LaBute screenwriter and director The House of Darknesswhich will hit theaters in limited release on September 9. The On Demand release and digital release will follow just a few days later on September 13th.