Published in November by Hot Chili Press, Michael Sean Erickson’s novel Darkest Night has seen an incredibly quick book-to-film turnaround, with an adaptation already in the works. Not only that, but horror icon in the making Bill Oberst Jr. is to both star in and co-produce it!
The story tells of the isolated and ostracised Mudd family who become the target of the beast that lurks in the woods nearby. Appearing alongside Oberst Jr. are Robert LaSardo (The Human Centipede III, Strangeland), Noel Gugliemi (The Purge: Anarchy, Basement Jack), and Mykayla Sohn (The Chosen). LaSardo, Erickson and Shaun Gerardo join Oberst Jr. in producing the film.
The Mudd family lives on the edge of darkness. Convinced that there is a beast in the woods coming for them, and despised by the residents of a nearby small town who believe that they are religious zealots, the Mudds undertake extreme measures to keep the beast and the townsfolk from invading their land.
The Mudds harbor disturbing secrets, and they wonder if the beast actually lives in their hearts as much as in the shadows. When the police accuse them of kidnapping two girls, the darkness overwhelms them all, and the beast comes out to play!
Darkest Night is set to begin shooting in Los Angeles, California shortly, with a slated release of October 2017, less than a year since the source novel’s publication.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)