Take a first look at the new horror Christmas movie “A Creature Was Stirring”, starring This Is Us star Chrissy Metz!
The movie follows the overprotective mother and professional nurse Faith (Metz), who keeps her teenage daughter (Annalise Basso) locked securely in her room and subjected to constant methadone injections. This is their only means of sustaining a delicately balanced fever state that keeps a mysterious and terrifying affliction at bay. However, when a pair of strangers (Scout Taylor-Compton and Connor Paolo) breaks into the home while seeking shelter from the Christmas blizzard, they quickly discover that this mother-daughter relationship stretches the limits of both dysfunction and reality, and that the women are hiding a terrible secret. Specifically, the presence of a malevolent houseguest who won’t be content to lurk in the shadows much longer.
Damien LeVeck is directing under his Skubalon Entertainment production shingle. It is best known for The Cleansing Hour, a horror standout that bowed on Shudder in 2020 and became one of the platform’s most popular titles of the year. Newcomer Shannon Wells wrote the script, which was an Academy Nicholls competition quarter-finalist. David Guglielmo (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek) cast the project, with Face Off‘s Tate Steinsiek designing and creating its practical creature effects. Natalie LeVeck (The Cleansing Hour) is producing for Skubalon, alongside Aaron B. Koontz (Scare Package) for Paper Street Pictures. Well Go USA’s President and CEO Doris Pfardrescher is exec producing alongside the company’s Brennan Lane.
Lane negotiated the deal for A Creature Was Stirring on behalf of Well Go USA. Jordan Dykstra on behalf of Film Bridge International and Natalie LeVeck on behalf of the filmmakers.
“For genre fans, this film has it all: a spectacular practical monster, unexpected twists and turns, and the phenomenal talent of Chrissy Metz in a kind of performance no one has ever seen from her before,” said LeVeck. “All of these elements are further amplified by the incredible abilities of Annalise, Scout and Connor, who are already much beloved mainstays of the horror community. Fans will relish each actors’ dark transformation for this twisted tale, which elevates this film beyond even my wildest expectations.”
“The story itself conjures up this disturbing portrayal of how guilt, dark secrets, personal vices and mental illness can combine, fester, and eventually end up eating you alive—perhaps even literally,” added Pfardrescher. “Horror fans especially will be thrilled by the homage paid to classic creature features. Particularly in the use of only practical effects to bring this nightmarish vision to life onscreen.”
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