A new production outfit, Causeway Pictures, based in Belfast, is coming to the market with two genre pics which have already secured US distribution.
Inception Media has secured US rights to the two films, Vampires vs. Leprechauns and DEADlocked, which are both currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in November. Due to film in location in Northern Ireland, both films were written by Belfast man Spencer Wright (Red Mist) and will be directed by local talent – Allan Gidea (The Patrol) and The Tohill Brothers (Eyeline).
Horror comedy Vampires vs. Leprechauns (dir. Allan Gidea) is set in the small Irish village of Comhla Breac, which, during the course of one night, is besieged by a group of vampires seeking to open a gateway to hell. Locals find themselves attacked by creatures of the night intent on releasing the evil that lurks in the deep. But hidden beneath the sleepy village lies a secret, known only to Conroy, the last of the Seanchai (Irish storytellers), who will lead the townspeople in a fight to survive.
The second feature film is a tale of dark horror entitled DEADlocked (dir. The Tohill Brothers). When a volcanic ash cloud turns the residents of Belfast into frenzied zombie-like psychopaths, a group of bankers find themselves trapped in their offices as the epidemic rages outside. The only means of escape is a dangerous floor-by-floor journey to the roof, as the office workers contend with both an exploitative CEO bent on getting himself out at any cost with no thought for his staff, and a ravening hoard, increasingly succumbing to a ‘grey fever’, with eyes and mouths streaming grey ichor, and brains bubbling in the grip of a blood lust.
DEADlocked and Vampires vs. Leprechauns received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen fund supported by Invest NI and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Inception Media Group is a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of entertainment content. The acquisition of these two Northern Ireland projects marks the first time Inception has pre-bought a film prior to the start of production. Inception has secured all North American rights to the films, including theatrical, digital, television and home video.
Andy Reimer, partner at Inception Media Group said: ‘The marketplace continues to demand quality horror films and we look forward to bringing them to audiences in the coming year.’
Founded by producers Chris Patterson and Paddy McCarney in 2009, Causeway Pictures provides a launching pad for young and emerging talent by concentrating its projects regionally using local locations, crew and actors, where possible, to make great product for television and cinema worldwide.
‘We are very pleased to be working with Inception Media Group to bring these two exciting Irish genre projects to audiences in the U.S. and Canada,’ said executive producer Chris Patterson. ‘Inception has the retail relationships we need to bring these titles to market.’
Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen, said: “We have always sought to nurture local talent and support our indigenous film-makers. We are excited about the emergence of genre film-makers in Northern Ireland and look forward to more projects of this nature coming out of the wealth of local talent here.’
Finance will be closed by Dublin based digital delivery platform DMD (Digital Media Distribution). DMD have considerable expertise in the VOD and PPV market. Niall Deegan, Chief Technical Director at DMD, said: ‘DMD have a content delivery requirement for 50+ broadcast outlets that we currently service throughout the Middle East and South East Asia. These two projects will form the basis of the ongoing relationship between DMD and Causeway Pictures, who will provide us with quality content needed.’