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Exclusive clip: Masks and murder in “SHADY GROVE”

Thursday, November 3, 2022 | Exclusives, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

A dangerous disguise is the key to survival in this excerpt from the new fright film.

Now available on VOD from Gravitas Ventures, SHADY GROVE was directed by Dale Resteghini and written by Nathan Dalton and Niki McElroy, the latter of whom also stars along with Todd Anthony, Victoria Baldesarra, Juhahn Jones, Becki Hayes, Jackie Ritz, Sydney Morgan and Mohammad Abou-Abbas. The synopsis: “A young couple, Shaina [McElroy] and Mark [Anthony], attend a music festival with their best friend Elijah [Jones] on their annual pilgrimage away from their work-heavy city lives. It’s also something of a farewell trip for the couple because they are expecting, though they haven’t told Elijah yet. Their plan is to tell him at that beautiful cabin they found on a vacation rental app. Upon arrival, the host is nowhere to be found, but she has left instructions for them on the door along with a gift basket of wine. Everything is perfect, except the faint smell of death that only the pregnant Shaina can smell. After a visit by two beautiful women, Shaina quickly becomes suspicious–things just don’t add up. When Elijah disappears, she and Mark begin to search frantically for their friend, only to discover that they’re being hunted by figures wearing skinned animal masks.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.