Murkwood – 2012

A first teaser and first stills have just been released for the upcoming independent psychological horror thriller ‘Murkwood’, starring Branko Tomovic (Entity, The Bourne Ultimatum, Whitechapel) in the lead role of Lucian Thaler. Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) is in talks for the role of Pete Buck.

Career criminals Peter Buck, Eddie Coyne and Lucien Thaler kidnap the son of a prominent British politician from a Swiss boarding school. Hiding out in the Alps, the men wait for the ransom money. But when tragedy strikes, they end up trapped in a dark wood – held hostage by unseen forces.  Hunted and desperate, the kidnappers realize that the worst evil does not lurk in the shadows of the night but in the darkness of their souls.  And it is about to be unleashed…

The material you are about to see in the trailer below has been filmed during October last year (2011) in Switzerland where the story is set, specifically for the mood piece, and combined with footage from the actual film to deliver a first representation of the look and feel ‘Murkwood’ will have once finished.

The main creative intention behind ‘Murkwood’ is to evoke the moody visuals of David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ and combine them with the visceral scares of an eco-horror like Colin Eggleston’s 1978 ‘Long Weekend’. Alex Boutellier is directing from his own script, with Remo Pini producing. Also on board is Iron Sky’s Tero Kaukomaa as advisor.

Swiss born filmmaker Alex Boutellier has been working in the Swiss film and TV industry for 13 years. Apart from writing, directing and financing a number of shortfilms, some of which found international distribution, he has worked on numerous TV shows, commercials, corporate videos and image films as a director, cinematographer and editor. Over the course of his career, he has also worked as a crew member on various film sets as 1st and2nd Assistant Director, Location Manager and Production Assistant. ‘Murkwood’ will be his feature film debut.

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Release Date: (TBA)
Country: Switzerland
Language: English

Director: Alex Boutellier
Author: Alex Boutellier

Branko Tomovic – Lucian Thaler
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