Greg and Jenny are putting their life back together since losing their daughter a year ago. Settling into a seemingly idyllic home in the country, the couple invite their closest friends, Mark, Toby and Layla, for an intimate housewarming gathering.
The friends enjoy dinner and and indulge in more than a few drinks until weird activity and unexplained eerie noises, darken the party atmosphere. Outside a band of thick fog surrounding the house seems harmless enough until events inside force some of the friends to attempt to leave in panic. They soon discover that this is no ordinary fog, and tonight is no ordinary night. They are trapped, with any attempt to breakout through the fog taking them back inside of the house. Worse still, Mark’s attempt to escape sees him wounded by an axe wielding figure.. With no escape, increasingly dangerous levels of activity and no idea why it’s happening, our group descend into a state of fear and paranoia. However, there is something even more bizarre happening, something impossible...
Upstairs, Toby is stabbed by someone in the shadows and as they struggle to save his life Greg goes to search for the attacker armed with a knife and stabs a shadowy intruder in a bedroom; an intruder who turns out to be Toby in the past. ‘Paradoxically, Toby’s death was at Greg’s hands!
Can the house be haunted, not by ghosts from the past, but by the actions our group of friends choose in the near-future as an increasingly extreme environment leads them to turn against each other?
The premonitions and time-slips become more frequent, disturbing and visceral. Secrets and grievances come to the fore, tearing friendships apart; the death of Jenny’s baby daughter, Greg and Layla’s affair, Mark’s grief at the loss of his brother. Time “warps and bends” within the fog and paranoia and suspicion grow as the characters turn against each other in a frantic battle to escape. Not only must they contend with each other as their identity and sense of time slips away, but also the ‘ghosts’ dwelling within the fog and the mysterious and sinister Mr. Smith who emerges as an ever present threat. Mr. Smith believes that the group are responsible for the loss of his family and manipulates them in order to secure his own escape; even if it means their deaths!
With fear and mind games, Mr. Smith turns Mark against Greg as the death of Toby conjures vengeance into Mark’s mind. Amongst the chaos we learn that Mr. Smith’s family are from another time and even Mr. Smith can’t control the events as they unfold in increasingly erratic fashion.
In a tense finale, Jenny is trapped by Mr. Smith and fights him to the the death.... As the light of dawn breaks through the fog she finally escapes.
Having completed 15 short film projects already, the directing and producing duo are now expanding their portfolio of work. Their films include the worldwide hit ‘The Birch’ (now with more than 14 Million views), ‘Don’t Move’ and ‘Dead Man’s Lake’, all of which have been critically praised for their use of practical makeup, Hollywood standard aesthetics and unconventional storytelling.
Joel Morgan is a long-time collaborator with Anthony and Ben and was Head Writer for ‘Bloody Cuts’, penning six of the films for the series. He also wrote ‘The Machine Stopped Working’ (finalist in SF48HR Film Competition ‘14) and the pilot episode of ‘The Outer Darkness’ directed by Anthony and Ben.
Zak Olkewicz is an LA based writer who appeared on both the ‘Blood List’ and ‘Black List’ in 2013 with his script ‘Ink and Bone’. A specialist in the horror genre, Zak has sold various scripts including ‘Elimination’, currently in production with Shawn Levy (‘Stranger Things’).
Frank is a debt collector and his son Jerry is the muscle. While Jerry has the strength of a prize fighter he also has the mind of a child. Together they pursue a shared drean of a championship glory and going straight. When Frank accepts one last debt collection job he and Jerry end up at the centre of a siege in a countryside residence where they take a woman and her young daughter hostage awaiting the return of her husband.