My name is Anthony Altamura, writer/director of The Passage. We wanted to make a film that would stand out. Something about it had to be different from what we were seeing on a daily basis, but what? I've seen countless horror films, features and shorts. And there are plenty of fantastic films out there, but most of the time, part of me feels that something is missing. Most of the short horror films I've watched are minimal when it comes to the story/dialogue and they end with a jump scare. So with this film we wanted to bring something else to the table.
'The Passage' is a short horror film that my team and I recently released to the public. The film uses practical effects, slowly building suspenseful scenes, and in-your-face monsters to deliver the scares we were aiming for. We wanted to see more of a throwback type of horror film so bad, that we decided to make one.
I started writing the story after I had a strange dream that creeped me out big time. I woke up and instantly wrote down a few notes on what I remembered: A mysterious demon wearing a red cloak, a vast field of flowers and the feeling of not being able to get away from whatever it was that was after me.
My First Thought: Hell
Why not make a film about a personal journey to Hell? Where a young man has no idea what is going on throughout the entire film, and awful visions of an evil presence messing with the viewer's head. Fuck it, why not have him sit down face-to-face with the devil himself. I had never seen anything like that before, so I ran with it.
I brought the idea to my associate producer, Amedeo Barone, and night after night we just worked at it. Countless hours went into the story alone, so everything else that we needed to pull it off would undoubtedly take time. This was my first film and I knew it wouldn't be easy, but we did it and I couldn't be more proud of my entire cast and crew.
This is not the last you will see of us.
— Anthony Altamura, Nightmare Film Crew
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