If you’re familiar with H.P. Lovecraft, you may be interested in an upcoming film based on Lovecraft’s short story, The Thing on the Doorstep.
Deadline reported that principal photography just wrapped in Mississippi, and the film doesn’t have a title yet. Loosely based on Lovecraft’s story, Deadline describes it as an erotic tale involving body swapping. The film stars Heather Graham as a psychiatrist obsessed with a young patient with multiple personalities.
Best-known for her role in Boogie Nights, Graham is no stranger to horror. She previously starred in From Hell, which is based on a graphic novel of the same name about the Jack the Ripper murders. The film also stars Judah Lewis (The Babysitter), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Jonathan Schaech (That Thing You Do!), and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). Crampton also serves as a producer alongside Bob Portal, Inderpal Singh, and Joe Wicker for Amp, a genre-specialist producer and seller, in association with Mississippi-based Eyevox Entertainment. Brian Yuzna (Re-Animator) serves as an executive producer, with Joe Lynch, alongside Rick Moore for Eyevox, and James Norrie and Nina Kolokouri for Amp. Amp is handling worldwide sales.
Directed by Joe Lynch (Mayhem), Dennis Paoli wrote the screenplay. Paoli previously adapted Lovecraft-based films such as Re-Animator and From Beyond. This project is a return to Lovecraftian horror for both Paoli and Crampton.
“We’ve been so fortunate to work with top talent both behind and in front of the camera on our recent films,” Crampton said. “I was ecstatic when first the formidable Joe Lynch, then Heather Graham signed on—her natural charm is always in evidence, but we get to see a different untapped side of her abilities here.”
“When I read Dennis Paoli’s adaptation of the story, I felt like there was a fantastic opportunity to update and subvert Lovecraft’s often old-fashioned sensibilities in a way that felt modern, relevant, and even dangerous, with a pinch of 90’s neo-noir and a dash of eroticism to spice up the stew,” Lynch said. “Working with Amp and such a fantastic cast—including Heather, Judah, Barbara, Bruce, and Johnathon—we’re so excited that this sexy, funny, scary film isn’t just a modernized love letter to Lovecraft, but the kind of provocatively entertaining “sin-ema” I believe audiences are salivating for!”