Evil doppelgangers, body horror, and stylish neon lights beckon in Let Her Out. The Canadian thriller comes from director Cody Calahan (Antisocial), Black Fawn Films and the production team behind The Drownsman, Bite, and Antisocial.
Body Horror knows no boundaries it seems, and Back Fawn Films is putting this to the test. In a conversation prior to FrightFest last year, director Cody Calahan discussed where the idea for the film originated, and expanded on that thought on executing a simple ‘body horror‘ flick;
Adam and myself had been going back and forth for a while on ideas, but nothing was sticking. A couple weeks later Adam mentioned this article he’d read about “vanishing twins”. I couldn’t believe it was real and did a Google search which made me cringe. We figured if we got that reaction, an audience might too.
When we verbally pitched it to the studio, and after they did the Google search on the spot, we got the same response. Immediately we saw this story becoming a straight up body horror, which neither of us saw a challenge in doing. We wanted those elements, but nothing straight up.
We kept saying “an urban haunting” and “It’s a horror that’s right next door” I had wanted to make something embedded in the city for awhile and this seemed like the right time. Since we were on such an insane deadline to deliver a movie, the script came together really fast, and within a few months we were shooting.
Filmed and set in Toronto, Let Her Out follows Helen, a bike courier who suffers a traumatic accident. As she recovers, she begins to experience strange episodic-black outs, hallucinations, and night terrors-that lead her to discover that she has a tumor, a benign growth that is the remnants of a “vanishing twin” absorbed in utero. Over time, the tumor manifests itself as the dark and demented version of a stranger. As Helen’s emotional and psychological state begins to deteriorate further and further, she begins to act out in psychotic episodes -influenced by her evil twin- making her a danger to herself and her best friend, Molly. It’s only a matter of time before this evil side of Helen will take her over completely.
The film is written by Adam Seybold and stars Alanna LeVierge, Nina Kiri and Adam Christie. Let Her Out premiered at 2016’s Horror Channel FrightFest in London and will be released on VOD October 20th.
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