Chris Notarile Debuts Original Supernatural Suspense Thriller “Haunted City”

Synopsis: A vigilante ghost sets out to free trapped spirits, doomed to continuously relive their own demise, by avenging their deaths.

**For the record, I really like this idea and want to see it adapted into a Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu series. Someone bring that budget in so Chris can make this happen!


A lot of people over the years have asked me to make a Crow fan film. And as much as I’d like to, I just couldn’t see myself doing it. I like the idea of an avenging spirit, and I like the the gothic motifs and visuals associated with the Crow, but there is only so much you can do with that character before it becomes redundant. The Crow has a singular mission, avenge his or her death, and move on. We’ve seen it done numerous times and I just didn’t want to be another fish in the sea. So, I got to thinking.

Believe it or not, I actually did write a Crow script YEARS ago, but never made it. It inevitably became the origin story for Haunted City‘s Jane. With the Crow, he/she is physically there. But with Jane, she’s an actual spirit. She is intangible. She can’t be seen and she cannot touch a lot of things. I think having such freedom to move, combined with such physical limitation makes for a more interesting character. Jane is definitely a soul who did not want to walk into the light. She has unfinished business and she intends to stay as long as she can. And Tess Speranza played her to the T. Cold, calculated, bitter, and pragmatic. For an eccentric person, it was really interesting to see her become so muted when playing Jane.

Laura Van Yck reprises her role as Death. Jane needed someone to talk to, and rather than have it be some random reaper, I figured why not Death incarnate? My personification of Death is human by nature. I figure when your entire existence is dedicated to the end of life, you develop a very in depth understanding of the human condition.

For this short, I didn’t want to start things off with an origin story. How Jane died is not important, at least not right now. I just wanted to jump right into her new “life” as a vigilante ghost, and show how she goes about avenging others.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)