Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Housing Market Will KILL YOU in The Maiden

Some horror films are cut and dry with simple themes of good and evil fighting for a foothold in our world. Others raise questions of morality. In The Maiden, we meet a real estate agent who would stand up to the terrors of a homicidal supernatural entity just to make a sale! In today's economy, that's 100% believable, though you'll agree her choice of cleaning attire may not be. SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF!!

Michael Chaves wrote and directed the original short. The story was inspired by the real estate crash a few years ago. “I was fascinated by how corrupt it was,” said Chaves. “I’ve always loved haunted house stories, but I wanted some kind of a twist. I started wondering ‘what happens before the young family moves in? How was someone able sell something so evil?’ Dive in and watch for yourself...

The film was shot on location in Los Angeles at the famous Beckett Mansion. Chaves produced the short with his family and close friends. He enlisted his high school best friend Tristan Nyby to shoot it. Michael’s wife, Dina Buglione, did the casting. His next door neighbor David Moore and Lynda Pribyl produced it with Chaves.

“We wanted to anchor it in reality, so we shot primarily with natural light,” said Tristan Nyby, Director of Photography. “Especially for a thriller/horror, the power is in believing this is real. The house had such an amazing structure that it shaped the light really beautifully.”

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