Horror icon Barbara Crampton is starring in a loose adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft short story “The Thing on the Doorstep,” which is being penned by Dennis Paoli, who also wrote the adaptations of Lovecraft’s “Herbert West–Reanimator” and “From Beyond” that Crampton starred in!
Joe Lynch (Mayhem) is directing the as-yet-untitled project, which also stars Heather Graham (Twin Peaks), Judah Lewis (The Babysitter), Bruce Davidson (Insidious: The Last Key), and Johnathon Schaech (Prom Night). Deadline reports that the film “is an erotic body-swapping horror, in which a psychiatrist played by Graham becomes obsessed with a young client with multiple personalities.”
“When I read Dennis Paoli’s adaptation of the story, I felt like there was a fantastic opportunity to update and subvert Lovecraft’s often old-fashioned sensibilities in a way that felt modern, relevant and even dangerous, with a pinch of 90’s neo-noir and a dash of eroticism to spice up the stew,” Lynch said in a statement. “Working with [producer and seller] Amp and such a fantastic cast—including Heather, Judah, Barbara, Bruce and Johnathon—we’re so excited that this sexy, funny, scary film isn’t just a modernized love letter to Lovecraft, but the kind of provocatively entertaining ‘sin-ema’ I believe audiences are salivating for!”
“We’ve been so fortunate to work with top talent both behind and in front of the camera on our recent films,” Crampton commented. “At Amp it’s about developing not only memorable, thought-provoking material for an audience, but also fresh and unusual enough to attract the very best creative collaborators. I was ecstatic when first the formidable Joe Lynch, then Heather Graham signed on—her natural charm is always in evidence, but we get to see a different untapped side of her abilities here. I’ve been thrilled to be invited to join seasoned pros at Amp, and we are only getting started.”
Brian Yuzna (Re-Animator) is executive producing the film alongside Lynch, Rick Moore, James Norriw, and Nina Kolokouri. Principal photography recently wrapped.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)