With original horror films arguably being the breakout success this summer, gifting us highly successful movies such as Lights Out, The Conjuring 2 and Don't Breathe, it appears that the scariest of all genres is having its deserved moment in the sun. This horror resurgence looks to reach its apotheosis in the upcoming Death House which is currently being billed as "The Expendables of Horror". The intention of the film, written by Gunnar Hansen of Leatherface fame, was to get as many horror legends in the same place at once.
Check out the trailer below:
The synopsis promises a satisfying film on many levels:
"Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth"
Accompanying relative newcomers Cody Longo and Cortney Palm on this Dantesque journey is basically a who's who of horror including Adrienne Barbeau, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Sid Haig, Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton and Michael Berryman. With so many legends in one place, and with such a solid Haunted House-style premise, this could be an Avengers moment for horror fans. But what have the cast been in before and who will they be playing? Let's find out.
After being a series regular on Maude, Adrienne Barbeau made her horror debut in the John Carpenter cult classic The Fog, in which a small Californian town is hounded by vengeful spirits hiding in an all-enveloping mist. She would later feature in Carpenter's Escape From New York and The Thing as well as other creeper-features such as Wes Craven's Swamp Thing and the Stephen King-penned Creepshow. A true veteran of the horror genre, Barbeau is perfectly suited to narrate.
Known as the first person to have played iconic horror antagonist Jason Voorhees more than once, he has now played the gruesome killer a total of four times. After hanging up his role as Jason, he played a similar role in the Hatchet franchise, playing a swamp dweller who incapacitates anyone who invades his home. Also works part-time as a ghost hunter. One suspects his weapon of choice as Sieg in Death House will be something sharp.
Todd is best known for playing the Candyman in the film franchise of the same name, a character whom if you say his name in front of the mirror five times will magically appear and end your life. Sporting a hook for a hand, Todd played him as a supernatural being that lured his victims with candy or would indiscriminately put razor blades in their sweets. His deep voice was also utilised in The Final Destination franchise where he played a mortician. Here he plays The Farmer Asa.
After being somewhat of a fixture in Jack Hill's blaxploitation films of the 70s, the Armenian-born Sid Haig is best known for playing Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie films The House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. Spaulding, named after a Marx Brother's character, is a gas station proprietor who dresses and acts like a vulgar clown. In Death House he is ominously billed as 'Icicle Killer'.
Most well-known for playing mother Mary in E.T., Dee Wallace is a staple of blood-curdling horror, starring in films such as The Stepford Wives, The Hills Have Eyes, Cujo and Critters, usually playing ragged young girls who find themselves being chased by mysterious killers. She later played another mother in Rob Zombie's Halloween Remake. Here she will play the morally corrupt Dr. Eileen Fletcher, who is seen to experiment on the inhabitants of the prison.
After making her film debut with a small role in Body Double, scream queen Barbara Crampton would go on to star in classic 80s horrors such as Re-Animator, Chopping Mall and From Beyond. Her career in the 90s and 00s was a little fallow until coming back into focus with 2011's You're Next, which was followed by the critically acclaimed The Lords of Salem and We Are Still Here. She will accompany Dee Wallace as Dr. Karen Redmane.
Being born with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, Berryman has no sweat glands or hair or fingernails or teeth, making him perfectly suited to playing villains on the big screen. He rose to fame playing the villain Pluto in the cult classic The Hills Have Eyes, as well as rocking spine-tingling performances in The Fifth Floor, Voyage of The Rock Aliens and Deadly Blessing. He has signed up to play Crau.
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