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American production company, La Brea Pictures has acquired life story rights for one of the most well-known haunted items in the world, “The Anguished Man” painting. The script for the film has been written by an American-Finnish female director, Tii Ricks, who will also direct the film.

Based on a true story, and set in the United Kingdom, Anguished tells the story of an English man who inherits a strange and supernatural painting.

The Anguished Man

The original eerie painting was painted by an unknown artist, who is rumored to have mixed his own blood into the paint and committed suicide shortly after completing the painting.

The painting was kept in Sean Robinson's grandmother's attic for twenty-five years before he inherited it from her. She had always told Robinson that the painting felt sinister or troubling. She claimed to hear voices and crying when the painting was displayed, and would see the shadowy figure of a man in her house, which is why she locked it away in the attic.

As soon as Robinson took the painting into his home, he and his family started experiencing the same kind of creepy phenomenon. His son was pushed down the stairs, his wife felt something stroking her hair, and they saw the shadow man and heard crying. Robinson decided to set up a camera overnight to try and capture some of the strange events on tape. Robinson's YouTube videos show slamming doors, rising smoke, and the painting falling from a wall for no reason.

Frightened, Robinson soon put the painting down in his basement, where it was again stored for a long time. After getting more involved in the world of Paranormal phenomenons, Sean Robinson has let multiple Paranormal Investigators study the painting.

Tii Ricks

Director Tii Ricks
Director Tii Ricks

Tii Ricks has won several awards for her work as a director and editor in her other home country, Finland. “Anguished” will be her third feature film. In 2015 she directed the Arctic Circle based horror feature “Rage: Midsummer's Eve”. The owner of the “The Anguished Man” painting, Sean Robinson has been attached as an Associate Producer for the film.

Michael Vardian in Tii Ricks' Rage: Midsummer's Eve
Michael Vardian in Tii Ricks' Rage: Midsummer's Eve

Ricks stated:

"I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of The Anguished Man on the screen. There is something really intriguing about haunted items and especially haunted paintings – they really appeal to our biggest fears and imagination."

With Sean Robinson as an Associate Producer, the filmmakers are planning to let people all over the world see the most haunted painting in the world live. Robinson spoke about the film:

“I wouldn't recommend touching the painting, but it would be great to take the painting with me to conventions and paranormal events, to meet people and to let people feel the paintings weird energy."

The real-life painting, “The Anguished Man” is considered to be one of the most haunted items in the world. It has been the subject of several paranormal studies, and it is one of the most referred haunted items amongst the “Annabelle Doll”, and “Dybbuk Box”. The 2014 self-titled film “Annabelle” about the Annabelle Doll grossed over $256 million dollars worldwide, whereas “The Possession”, telling the story of the Dybbuk Box, crossed 78.5 million dollars.

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