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First trailer, exclusive comments on “SHADOWMARSH,” from “HACKED” team

Monday, April 12, 2021 | Exclusives, News


The indie chiller is currently seeking finishing funds.

SHADOWMARSH is the latest collaboration between director Matt Leal and producer Matthew Festle, following last year’s socially distanced production HACKED (see story here); the duo scripted with Megan Olenik. Lew Temple and Dave Sheridan, reunited from THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, along with Felissa Rose, Ellen Woomer, Mike Ferguson, Shani Drake and Corrinne Mica star in SHADOWMARSH; the synopsis: “When Jacob and his niece Piper are forced to move back to their old home, they slowly uncover the truth that the town has an ancient evil lurking in its forest.”

“The inspiration for SHADOWMARSH came as a sort of catharsis for me in dealing with experiences I’ve had in my past,” Leal tells RUE MORGUE. “It’s layered with a lot of symbolism and metaphors, which I’ve always enjoyed in horror movies. For the visual look of the film, we drew from past horror movies such as PUMPKINHEAD and HALLOWEEN and more recent ones like THE VILLAGE, IT FOLLOWS and HEREDITARY.”

Adds Festle, “The horror genre is filled with so many unique voices and themes, spanning decades, and these inspirations make me that much more excited to help Leal in sharing his SHADOWMARSH story with the horror community.”

The movie is currently in postproduction, for which Leal and Festle are currently seeking finishing funds via Indiegogo. Click here to check out the campaign, which is offering props, promo material, signed Blu-rays and posters and more.

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,, 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.