Epic Pictures has set a February 23rd theatrical date for filmmaker Brian O’Malley’s new gothic horror film The Lodgers, written by David Turpin and co-produced by Julianne Forde and Ruth Treacy.
The film stars Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Moe Dunford, and David Bradley, with Deirdre O’Kane rounding out the cast. The film, which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, will be released in theaters and on digital platforms on February 23, 2018.
In this gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight. While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.
The film has been honored with three awards this year, including the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival in Barcelona, as well as official Jury Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Actress (Vega) at Fancine Festival de Cine Fantastico de la Universidad de Malaga in Malaga, Spain.