'Last House on the Left' director looks to set up a new home
EXCLUSIVE: Fans of the supernatural should be keen on this one: The man who brought a Wes Craven classic back to the big screen and a veteran of television hit "Ghost Whisperer" are poised to team up on a new horror picture.
Dennis Iliadis, who remade Craven's seminal 1972 film, "The Last House on the Left," last year, is negotiating to direct a new film called "The Demonologists," say several sources familiar with the project. The film is written by Teddy Tenenbaum, a screenwriter who also has numerous credits on the Jennifer Love Hewitt series "Ghost Whisperer."
"Demonologists," from "Sherlock Holmes" producer Silver Pictures, concerns a family of veteran ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they are called in to face what they soon realize is not a routine ghost job but a demon infestation. The film shares some thematic similarities with "House," which looked at what happens when a decent family is driven to violent acts.
Iliadis, incidentally, is an up-and-coming horror director who has also been considered for the remake of the Hitchcock classic "The Birds."
"Demonologists" continues a mini-trend of films about people battling evil supernatural forces. "The Last Exorcism" proved a niche hit this summer, while the Anthony Hopkins-starring exorcism movie "The Rite" is due out in January.
— Steven Zeitchik
Photo: A scene from "The Last House on the Left." Credit: Rogue Pictures.