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EXCLUSIVE: Horror Screenwriter John Oak Dalton to Make Directorial Debut on The Girl in the Crawlspace

Movie to be produced by Henrique Couto and edited by Mark Polonia

Now this one is beyond exciting for me! Horror Society has just gotten word that friend of the site, John Oak Dalton, writer of such films as Sex Machine, Scarewaves, Haunted House on Sorority Row, Jurassic Prey, and many others, is gearing up to make his directorial debut on the film The Girl in the Crawlspace.

The film is set to be produced by Henrique Couto who has directed several of Dalton’s scripts, including the aforementioned Haunted House on Sorority Row. Plus, Jurassic Prey director Mark Polonia will be on hand to edit the film. The three recently collaborated on the film, In Search Of. Scream queen and another frequent collaborator, Erin R Ryan is set to star.

The Girl in the Crawlspace is slated for release in 2018. Keep your eyes here, because the first chance I get to screen this for the Horror Society crowd in Chicago, I will!

Take a look at the press release below for some more information.

Director Henrique Couto (BABYSITTER MASSACRE) and screenwriter John Oak Dalton (HAUNTED HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW) are teaming up for the fifth time on one of Dalton’s screenplays—only this time they are wearing different hats, with Couto producing (and serving as Director of Photography) and Dalton directing.

THE GIRL IN THE CRAWLSPACE will begin shooting this spring in rural Indiana.

“John Dalton is one of my favorite collaborators, so helping him take the director’s chair was a no brainer for me,” Couto said.

“I have wanted to jump over to the director’s chair for a while, after working on the sets of some of the movies made from my screenplays,” Dalton said. “This is a script I feel strongly about, one that I have wanted to get out there.”

Erin Ryan (CALAMITY JANE’S REVENGE) will play the title character, Jill. At the outset, Jill escapes from a notorious serial killer who has kept her prisoner in a crawlspace. She tries to work her way back to normal with the help of a therapist, but becomes inserted into the therapist’s strained marriage with a failing screenwriter. Joni Durian (ALONE IN THE GHOST HOUSE) and John Hambrick (SCAREWAVES) play the troubled couple.
Others in the cast include Tom Cherry, Rachael Redolfi, Jeff Kirkendall, Joe Kidd, Iabou Windimere, Chelsi Kern and fellow director Andrew Shearer.

“It’s psychological horror, with hopefully some good twists and turns,” Dalton said.
Prolific b-movie director Mark Polonia , who Dalton has penned seven screenplays for–including JURASSIC PREY and AMITYVILLE DEATH HOUSE–has signed on to edit. This marks the second time Dalton, Couto, and Polonia have collaborated after this summer’s Bigfoot movie IN SEARCH OF.

THE GIRL IN THE CRAWLSPACE is slated for release in 2018.

Matt Storc

(Chicago Events Coordinator) Matt Storc is a screenwriter and director from the great city of Chicago. He enjoys sharing movies with people almost as much as he enjoys making them. He also does a killer rendition of the other guy's part in Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" at karaoke."


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