Horror flick to film in Ottawa
- Elizabeth Shue stars in The House at the End of the Street, which starts filming in Ottawa on Monday. QMI Agency file photo
Another major motion picture is about to roll in Ottawa.
The House At The End Of The Street will be a horror film, shot in 35mm and set for international theatrical release,says Ottawa-based Rob Menzies of Zed Filmworks.
Shooting starts Monday.
In the film, written by Jonathan Mostow -- who also wrote U-571 and directed Terminator 3 -- a young girl moves to a new town with her mother. Upon arriving, she discovers the house is right across the street from one in which a double murder occurred. Even eerier, she winds up befriending the bloodbath's only survivor.
Website IMDb describes the film as "Psycho-esque."
It's supposed to take place in Pennsylvania, but almost all the filming will take place across Ottawa, including a week at Algonquin College. Much of the filming will take place in rural areas.
The movie will be directed by Mark Tonderai and among its producers is Peter Block, who's produced the Saw series of horror movies and others including The Devil's Rejects, Rambo 4 and Daybreakers.
The movie's main producer, Aaron Ryder, arrived in Ottawa Monday evening. He's was the executive producer of The Mexican, starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, as well as Memento and Donnie Darko.
He's been scouting shooting locations here since June.
"I've worked in Toronto and Vancouver but never in Ottawa," said Ryder, adding he'd never even been to the city before. "Rob Menzies convinced us to come here and he's right, it's absolutely perfect."
Jennifer Lawrence and Max Thieriot will be the stars of the film. Lawrence is the actor who portrayed Mystique in X-Men First Class, while Thieriot was in the Atom Egoyan film Chloe last year with Liam Neeson.
Elizabeth Shue will play Lawrence's mother in the film. She's been in Leaving Las Vegas, Back to The Future II and III, and played Ralph Machio's love interest in the original Karate Kid film.
Canadian Gil Bellows, who was in Passchendaele and The Shawshank Redemption, will also be in Ottawa for filming.
"It's really exciting," said Menzies, who'll be the movie's line producer. "It's big."
His company is the same one which looked after the Ottawa location filming of Sacrifice, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater this spring.
Menzies said the production will be one of the biggest the city has ever had.