The Cutting Room: The Shelter

The Shelter

theshelterOn a star-filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas finds shelter in a vast two-story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. Figuring that he’s caught a lucky break he helps himself to the comforts of home before getting some shut eye.

All is well until he wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave, but he soon finds that the doors are all locked, and the windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal and what will he discover in the end?

Why we’re looking forward to this: The Shelter is Arrow In The Head main man John Fallon’s feature directorial debut, but those of us who are familiar with his previous writing and acting gigs, notably 2006’s Deaden (which he wrote and starred in, and for which your humble scribe contributed music to the soundtrack), and last years American Muscle (which, again, he wrote and starred in), already know that what Fallon doesn’t know about horror isn’t worth knowing.

A true student of the genre, there can be few individuals out there who can boast of having not only seen, but written reviews for well over a thousand films on the AITH site, so it’s pretty safe to say that Fallon knows what works and what doesn’t in terms of both writing and direction, and that he’ll be bringing this knowledge to The Shelter.

The Shelter isn’t Fallon’s first time behind the camera, having directed the award winning The Red Hours back in 2008, and though just ten minutes long, the wealth of ideas and innovation he packed into it had him marked out back then as a director to watch out for. As a result we’re pretty stoked to see what he can do with a feature length project, particularly as it’s also an original story and not another reboot.

A trailer for The Shelter will be dropping any time now, and we’re very much looking forward to taking shelter in our local cinema to catch this film when a release date is locked in.

RICHARD COSGROVE


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