With a detailed and engrossing story and an atmosphere that is both modern and familiar, director Todd Sheets’ ‘House of Forbidden Secrets’ has been described as “ambitious, modern and haunting, yet with a classic twist – with one foot in classic horror films of the 70s and 80s and the other creating something fresh and original for modern Horror fans.” Come on inside and find out what it is all about.
Horror director Todd Sheets returns to the genre with an ambitious, shocking film that its makers say is sure to please horror fans everywhere. With its original story full of twists and turns, ‘House of Forbidden Secrets’ has the potential to bring fresh ideas to the haunted house formula. The film features practical special make-up effects instead of overused computer generated effects utilized in most genre films these days, and an impressive soundtrack from Italian maestro Fabio Frizzi – the CD already selling all over Europe is almost sold out in Italy. For those of you not familiar with Fabio; he has worked with major Italian horror talent such as Lucio Fulci on his cult classic ‘Zombie’. Other music was contributed by Japanese composer Toshiyuki Hiraoka.
‘House of Forbidden Secrets’ starrs Todd Sheets film regular Antwoine Steele in the lead alongside several talented actors of film and television, such as Lew Temple (Walking Dead, Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Halloween 2), George Hardy (Troll 2), Allan Keyser (Night of the Creeps), Howard Maurer and Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa – She Wolf of the SS), Ari Lehman (Friday The 13th) and Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Films), as well as up and coming talent Nicole Santorella, Paxton Tarbell, Millie Milan, Brad Westmar and Iris Runyon.
‘House of Forbidden Secrets’ has won six awards at the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, NV. One month later,the film sold out at its Alamo Drafthouse premiere as well as screening at the Tampa Pitcher Show in Florida to raise funds for the indie theater and their new projection system. It is now touring the U.S. with screenings set in various cities including Pittsburgh at the Hollywood Theater.
‘House of Forbidden Secrets’ marks director Todd Sheets’ 18th feature film. A pioneer of micro-budget film making, Todd signed his first worldwide distribution deal when he was 18 years old with B-Movie icon David DeCoteau who saw his raw talent and signed Todd to a 6 picture deal for Cinema Home Video. His early films, though crude, caught on with the Japanese, German and Italian markets. Todd grew up on Drive In Theaters and Grindhouses in the Midwest with his dream being to become a director.
Todd disowns many of those early movies, yet fans of obscure underground cinema have embraced them. Todd counts his first film as ‘Zombie Bloodbath’, released in 1993, even though he had made several before it. As Todd grew, so did his films, eventually shaking his zero budget beginnings and winning film festival awards and acclaim in several countries. Todd’s film ‘Moonschild’ (1994) took second place Best Feature Film award at Kansas City’s own KAN Film Fest and an award was presented to Todd by Dee Wallace. Todd strives to grow with each film as a director and an artist and to entertain as many people as possible.
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