Just in time for Halloween, The Empty Man creeps into theatres this weekend. This supernatural horror film started as a twisted graphic novel by the same name from Boom! Studios. The six-issue work was written by esteemed comic book vetran Cullen Bunn with art by Venesa R. Del Rey.
20th Century invested in Boom! Studios prior to Disney acquiring them last year. That investment was touted by Ross Richie, CEO and founder of BOOM! Studios. “The studio has been an incredibly supportive partner,” stated Richie, “and our creative alliance has been tremendously successful as quality directors and marquee talent found BOOM! an attractive platform.”
20th Century found one such talent in writer/director, David Prior. In 2008, Prior wrote and directed an award-winning original short film, AM1200. This intense Lovecraftian tale filled audiences with more dread in 40 minutes than some feature-length films have been able to do with twice that time. And while Prior brings nearly two decades of experience in short-form films, including shorts connected to director David Fincher’s 2011 version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Empty Man will be his feature debut.
After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers a secretive group and their attempts to summon a horrific, mystical entity, and soon his life—and the lives of those close to him—are in grave danger.
Headlining the cast is James Badge Dale. Dale has been seen most recently in the mystery series Hightown, and feature films including: Iron Man 3 (2013), World War Z (2013), and 13 Hours (2016). He’s joined in the cast by Marin Ireland (Hell or High Water), Stephen Root (Bombshell), Ron Canada (National Treasure), Robert Aramayo (Nocturnal Animals), Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Sasha Frolova (Red Sparrow).
Given the cast, source material, and Prior’s pedigree The Empty Man is expected to be an extraordinary spine chiller perfectly positioned to fill that nagging desire movie-goers have each late October for something creepy to watch with a large popcorn close at hand.
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