I don’t know about you, but horror movies set in decrepit, scary insane asylums totally freak me out. So you can imagine that these two international trailers for director Robert Legato’s horror movie Eloise really hit the sweet spot for me. Especially since the movie is set in a real-life, historical building.
The movie, described as a horror mystery/psychological thriller, stars Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Eliza Dushku, Chace Crawford (The Covenant), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) and P.J. Byrne (Final Destination) as four friends who (what else?) head into (aka break in to) an abandoned insane asylum to look for a death certificate, which is a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why you’d want to break into that super creepy building in the first place, right? Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, X-Files) also stars in the movie, penned by Chris Borrelli (Vatican Tapes).
Hailing from the producers of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Rite, Eloise doesn’t have a release date in North America just yet, but the horror film will open in the U.K. in February 2017. If Legato’s name as a director doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because he’s a visual effects artist who won an Oscar for Titanic and Hugo. He’s only directed a handful of TV episodes over the years (including an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and one of Deep Space Nine in the 1990s), and Eloise is his first movie gig. Here's a description of the film.
“The film is set in a defunct insane asylum known as “Eloise.” Four friends break into the abandoned institution in hopes of finding a death certificate, which will provide Jacob (Crawford) with the rights to a sizable inheritance. While inside the asylum, the group not only finds that the institution houses a horrifying history but also the truth about their own tragic pasts. They’re shooting in the Eloise Insane Asylum which was one of the largest mental institutions in the world. What began as one building in Westland, MI in 1832, rapidly grew into a 78-building self-sustained city, complete with its own fire and police departments, train station, post office and farms. Eloise closed its doors in 1982, and has since been dormant and left to ruin.”