It’s been two years since the first trailer for horror film Death House has been released. But, today we’ve got a new trailer to share with you for the film, which has been described as The Expendables of the horror genre. Why? Because it brings together some of the the horror genre’s most popular actors. It definitely looks like it’s a crazy-ass horror movie!
The cast of the film also includes Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo, The Howling), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Bill Moseley (House of a 1000 Corpses), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Danny Trejo (Machete), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Don Shanks (Silent Night Deadly Night), and Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave). That's largest collection of horror actors in a single film.
The movie was directed by B. Harrison Smith, from a script written by Gunnar Hansen, who is best known for playing Leatherface in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films. Smith said that he made Death House as a way to help reinvigorate the horror genre. He hopes the film will be a cultural timepiece for the genre. He and his team set out to make something great, something that hardcore horror fans would respect and appreciate. The movie is also said to be packed full of horror movie Easter eggs.
Here’s the detailed synopsis for the film:
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural.
Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII.
Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. The victims are homeless, bused into Death House to play literal victims while killing habits are studied. The results are sick, but only a hint of what goes on here.
Hell literally breaks loose inside the facility when an EMP device detonates, killing all power and communication and… releasing every prisoner. Boon, Novak, and Fletcher are caught in a race against advancing prisoner hordes led by occultist Neo-Nazi Sieg. The monsters are freed, and they’re going down.
Boon and Novak’s fight through Death House turns into a house of horrors gauntlet; their only hope of escape is descending into Hell and enlisting the help of the Five Evils. Events culminate in a violent face-to-face standoff with absolute evil… only to find that they have traveled down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass. Black is white and white is black and the definitions of good and evil no longer apply.
Who are the monsters? Who will escape?
The movie is described as having an '80s horror film tone, and it's explained that this isn't a mashup of these actors' onscreen personas, "rather it is a fresh horror/sci fi/action story that dares to be different and give audiences something new in an age of reboots, remakes, and regurgitation."
The movie will finally be released on November 6th and the director hopes to make four more films in the Death House franchise. Seeing as its taken two year to release the first movie, I’ll be surprised if we see a sequel.