Written by Eric Vespe and Matt Ward (from a story by Morgan), The Home unfolds after a young man is nearly killed during a horrible accident that leaves him physically and emotionally scarred. To recuperate, he is taken to a secluded nursing home where the elderly residents appear to be suffering from delusions. But after witnessing a violent attack, he soon realizes that the screams behind the walls are caused by more than hallucinations, and the residents are being preyed upon by twisted, monstrous nightmares that lurk within the home itself.That's a little more than we knew last time. But that wasn't enough for me. So I chased down the reclusive Morgan for a quick statement. Shockingly, he replied!
I'm thrilled to be able to do this story with the creative team we've put together so far. As a horror fan I'm always excited to see the twisted and bizarre brought to the screen. But, all of that has to be tempered in a world where you actually give a crap about the characters and their personal stories. Hopefully, with the help of our creative team, we've been able to strike that balance with our story, paying off the human element and the creepy crawlies. I've always said the really terrifying thing in life is not the bogeyman in the closet... but the idea that someone we care about might get hurt. So we need to care first, then we fear. That's my idea of good horror. Visually everything has to be fresh and exciting as well. You have to treat a creature feature with the same care and respect in craftsmanship that you would treat any other film. My idea is to go practical all the way with the horrors of THE HOME, that's why casting a fantastic FX house like WETA in that department is so vital. They love every creation they make, and you see that in the face of everything they bring to life. The look of the film will also be very specific. The idea is that it will look like it was carved out of darkness, with a color palette representing the infectious and hideous nature of the environment. We're going to work very hard to bring a story to life that will not insult your intelligence, but will also be a thrilling and unique world.That's all very fancy, but I was still concerned about this "nursing home" stuff. What's the use of making a horror film if you're not going to populate it with castoffs from 90210 and ONE TREE HILL? So I hopped on iChat and pestered Quint until he begrudgingly answered my questions. What follows is an actual, nearly unexpurgated Q&A between two of AICN's senior editors:
Feb. 9, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST
yay kick the can time!!!!!
Feb. 9, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST
Although isn't John Carpenter covering some of the same ground in his new movie The Ward. I'd hate to see Quint go up against Carpenter.<br> I'm liking the sound of all practical effects and I'll definately drop a few British pounds on the blu ray when it comes out over here (as in my town, with only one screen, it's doubtfull that this will ever make it to my local cinema)<br> I wish you all the best Quint and may this be the start of something big for you guys.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST
Take "Bubba Hotep" add you some Vengeful Possesed Items\Objects ala Poltergeist or those dolls from "Tales From The Hood" (Would be cool to see a Clothing Monster Suffocate an Old Biddy) Mix that with a House on Haunted Hill remake premise, and give the Creature/Object revenge story some credence by saying the Old Folks home is partly built from a refurbished Insane Asylum that was either condemned or burnt down. It's either that or an Indian Burial Ground, but that's too obvious.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST
As Captain Awesome from Chuck might say.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST
I can masterbate with one hand but, it would seem, I need two hands when battling the AICN talkback.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST
I think that Eric guy was lying to us when he said this is Up 2. If it is, then UP is going to have a really dark third act...
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST
The exclamation point makes all the difference.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST
Up 2 would probably be a porno... hold on, I got an idea...
Feb. 9, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST
by Talkbacker with no name
Going to fill it of Star Wars nods? Seems all the rage these days :)
Feb. 9, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST
by The InSneider
Congrats, Quint! Sounds really interesting and I can't wait to see it. Best of luck with everything!
Feb. 9, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST
My parents have worked with the old folks for about twenty-five years, so I grew up around places like that and some of the scariest shit in my childhood can be traced back to that. I got strangled by a crazy old dude when I was a toddler. Not cool.
Feb. 9, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST
You've got my money, you bastards.
Feb. 9, 2009, 4:09 a.m. CST
Too bad it's not another old person who is forced to move in there. It must be hard to write honestly for a character of that age. Easier to make them background characters and stereotypes. <P> I'm not dissing! I'm trying to muck around with this concept in my head and I'm just starting to realize how hard a story like this could be to lay out just right. <P> So we got a youngish 20-30 year old fire fighter who is injured seriously on the job. It's not the burn damage that should keep him there. He would have to be incapable of caring for himself to be in there. <P>In other words paralyzed from the neck down. If he can move his arms he can care for himself, he gets a government check and he is placed into government housing. If he lost his fingers or legs or arms from burn damage, he could wear prosthetics. <P> He has to have be paralyzed from the neck down, using a straw and maybe a finger to get around in a wheelchair. Imagine how fucking trapped this poor chum would be. Maybe a wall collapsed on him. <P> One last gripe. DON'T EXPLAIN THE REASON FOR THE GHOST/CREATURES!!!!! <P> Don't at any point in the Film give up a Big Surprise! "This Is Why This Is Happening" moment. <P> Never explain it, fuck with the audience and let their own imaginations feed the fire, leave em guessing. <P> Yes this is a great idea for a film because Nursing Homes are some of the most haunted fucking places on earth. Why it took this long to make a ghost film like this, that actually takes place in one is beyond me... <P> Congrats Quint/Eric and Kraken/Aaron. <P>I mean that.
Feb. 9, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST
Not a firefighter. And who ever said anything about ghosts? :) I think you'll find some enjoyment with the film.
Feb. 9, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST
if somebody does make a porno spoof of "Up!" without even changing the name to make it funny (i.e. shaving ryan's privates etc) then I will be overjoyed.
Feb. 9, 2009, 5:45 a.m. CST
Thanks for the kind words. Dim is right. He's not a firefighter anymore... was in an earlier draft, but we ultimately felt that it made the character too strong at the outset...<BR><BR>And there are no ghosts in this movie. No fake-outs, no hallucinations and other cheap tricks. What the characters see are very real.<BR><BR>You're right about the setting. It's crucial. Anybody who has ever been in a nursing home, even a very well run and clean home, can tell you it's a horror show by itself. It's a place of pain, misery and suffering before adding in any supernatural element.<BR><BR>Believe it or not we did at one time tinker with making the lead an elderly man, but I think it'll be clear why that wouldn't work when you get the chance to see the movie.<BR><BR>I'll try not to spoil anything, but if anybody has any questions feel free to ask them here and I'll do my best to answer.
Feb. 9, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST
I can't wait to see it, my brothas. Practical, huh? Sweet!
Feb. 9, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST
Many, many times per day.
Feb. 9, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST
by half vader
- like the lady in that old folk's home said, "You never know what's comin' for ya!" Haw! That fucker Fincher stole your byline!
Feb. 9, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST
Besides those broham's producing this, is there another part of that creative team working on this project? I apologize before hand if it was already mentioned, but that Q&A was wayy too long for the fucking stengah to read.
Feb. 9, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST
2 things that bug me: the art (which is friggen amazing) of the elderly women and the dolls reminds me too much of "Dolls"...the classic Charles Band flick. Also something evil stalking a nursing home/asylum is not that original...Is there a script review or something floatin around? Or a more detailed synopsis? I'm very curious how this one will play...practial f/x finnaly!,and with Weta and the guys from Inside you cant realy go wrong. Congrats...may it become the flick you guys set out to write...
Feb. 9, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST
If i was taking a voight kampff test, shit i'd say that without any pupil dilatation and all that other stuff. WAIT, does that make me a replicant!?
Feb. 9, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST
by Quin the Eskimo
I don't know anything about this other then what I just read. The thought of killer toys freaked me out to the point were I slept with my Louisville Slugger. True story. <p> Congrats Vespe. Did the story come before the agent?
Feb. 9, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST
strong material. don't fuck up.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST
Patience and persistence pay off! I can't believe you got WETA! That's guaranteed creature fun right there. Keep trucking and best of luck.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST
by JimmyJoe RedSky
... the "hero" was another senior - one that is put in the home against his will by his kids - he is fine mentally but they fear for his safety because he lives alone and had an accident - thats a movie id want to see - an all senior cast - original - if the hero has to be "young" dont make him a pretty 20 something hipster - make him late 30s or even 40-ish - john cusack, aaron eckhart or luke wilson come to mind
Feb. 9, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST
Not even to blow smoke up your ass but if this lives up to this early story conceit and what WETA has cooking then I'm stoked. I've been waiting for the people of our generation to begin making genre films and now that its starting to happen i couldn't be more excited. Hopefully our love of the days of yore will keep our aim true. If only we had gotten to cool 80's properties like GI Joe and Transformers before the hacks did.
Feb. 9, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST
And what age exactly are you looking for? God knows there arent THAT many genuinely good young actors out there so I always get worried that the studio will force some tool like a Paul Walker or one of the Twilight guys on small but FX heavy productions like this.
Feb. 9, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST
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Feb. 9, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST
The time of the Geek is ending.
Feb. 9, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
This sounds good by the way. Cool concept art. Looks like we might have our first AICN staff writer breakout into real film making.
Feb. 9, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST
Love the concept of your film, and I want to wish you all the success with it. God knows we need some real horror films these days.
Feb. 9, 2009, 5 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Feb. 9, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST
Hey, guys. About to run off to see Jason slash his way through some kids, but I wanted to address a few things.<BR><BR>First off, thanks for the well-wishes, both here and via email and facebook.<BR><BR>I completely understand the hesitance regarding the dolls. Evil dolls in horror are definitely a big, big cliche, but this will not be Dead Silence or a Full Moon type movie. The dolls play a very small role and are but one of a myriad of horrors found in the home. I think the tone of the Weta piece above is exactly right. It's almost otherworldly, but somehow very real and present. I know that's what Aaron is after.<BR><BR>Kristoffer Aaron Morgan is directing. He's been my collaborator for almost a decade now and his passion and vision for this has pushed it to where it is today. This will be his first feature, but that's something Franck and Verane find very appealing. INSIDE was also a first film.<BR><BR>And finally, I think JoBlo made a bit of an assumption there. I love their article, but I can say that I'm not going to be leaving AICN for a while. Even if this takes off in the best and quickest way possible you'll still be seeing a lot of me through at least April if not later. I'll be here on the day to day for a while yet and I don't plan on dropping out of sight completely at any point.<BR><BR>I know going from critic to filmmaker is a huge jump and puts us under a bigger microscope, but I'm confident you guys will dig the final product.
Feb. 9, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST
This movie will fucking rock, if not you still have our support. And im not sucking your nutsack here, I just appreciate you not going all moriarty on us, I sense zero pretentiousness from your posts.
Feb. 9, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST
I'm likely way behind on events but I thought they were going to do the new Halloween movie. After hearing they lost Hellraiser, I was kind of excited to see what they would do with Michael Myers, especially since I downright hated Rob Zombie's version.
Feb. 9, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST
Hopefully they're on their way back to France to make another masterpiece, and will forget ever wanting to go into business with the Weinsteins.
Feb. 9, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST
by most excellent ninja
if that didn't bring back practical effects and makeup for creatures I dont know what did.
Feb. 9, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST
by most excellent ninja
I fucking hope to see at least an article in the future and a sound bite. I'll miss the 'Yeahs'.
Feb. 9, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST
by dr sauch
You've got my ass in the seat, Quint! Best of luck!
Feb. 9, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST
Inside directors are working on Snow, an epic horror film set in some type of big snow storm (doesn't involve vampires).
Feb. 9, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST
but I hope you do well, quint. <P> horror movies are stupid though.
Feb. 9, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST
Rob zombie will be making the halloween remake sequel. Prepare for a shitfest.
Feb. 9, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST
Always nice to see the struggling ones get on track to entertain the masses!
Feb. 10, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST
Was really hoping I'd get to see a good Halloween(besides Carpenter's) at some point. Looks like that dies along with seeing a good Spirit film.
Feb. 10, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST
by Quin the Eskimo
Otherwise I may go CHUD exclusive. Though Farci hate almost everything
Feb. 10, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
This sounds awesome. Now I don't want to hear anything more about it until it shows up at my local theater!
Feb. 10, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST
unless you want the talkbackers to unleash the full fury of their hated upon your movie.
Feb. 10, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST
Feb. 10, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST
Firstly, congratulations on getting this sucker moving. I know the feeling. Kind of like a stressful but intensely great christmas. Secondly, great idea. Pixar movies have always done so well because they tap into those ideas we dream up as kids. This movie also taps into that area. Hell, a that art piece with the dolls looks so much scarier than Chucky could ever hope to be. Looking forward to seeing this one.
Feb. 10, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
I've been kicking around the idea of a nursing home horror screenplay for a while now (anyone who has had a loved one in a nursing home knows how creepy it can be). I always thought it would be a tough sell because it wouldn't have the CW kiddie actors in it. I too, have a younger protagonist for this reason. Any horror that isn't a sequel/remake/ripoff is worth supporting!
Feb. 10, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
I've known about this project for a few years now, catching up each time I visit Austin. I've known about it since the working title was "Twilight." I wonder why they changed it? It makes me very happy and proud seeing each member of the AICN team making their way into the film business and living the dream. It's been an exciting road, as each contact and friend in the business puts another piece in the puzzle. I really appreciated Aaron's passion for all the great actors out there over a certain age that just aren't getting the work they should be getting. Now let's get Ernest Borgnine on the phone and get to work!
Feb. 10, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
When I hired Quint out of High School.. I got a contract signed in his blood pledging immortal servitude with a smile. He ain't going anywhere. Besides, he wants good PR.
Feb. 10, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST
by WYLD STALLYNS RULES
Feb. 10, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
The Home? By Quint?! T1000, Present! I'll be very much there fellow shark hunter. This flick already sounds like my brand of prune juice. I'm stoked and very proud, bud. Keep it up. I was hoping to read a dirty joke question at the end of the interview, but I guess that'll be asked by the next young padawan in the very near future . ;)
Feb. 10, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST
Congrats again, guys! I'm sure it's going to be great! Care to share who you might have in mind to star? Robert Englund maybe???
Feb. 10, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST
Pick a winner in the Star Wars contest you deadbeat!
Feb. 10, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST
in the A$$. Just remakes and gore at the moment besides the Orphanage, Thumbs up to Del Toro for producing that one.
Feb. 10, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST
You have one of the best eyes in the business. I would say in your fanbase there would be thousands of scripts and a few potential genre hits.
Feb. 15, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST
Good luck guys.
Feb. 16, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST
by Rubiks Doob
Only I bet a lot less fun.