Antonio Campos To Write And Direct ‘Splitfoot’ | Film News
Antonio Campos (Christine, Simon Killer) has signed on to write and direct horror film, Splitfoot. The project was put into development around two years ago, based on the two-part article titled Voices Through The Trumpet that first appeared in The New Yorker way back in 1936.
Written by Carl Carmer, the article investigated events that took place in upstate New York in the late 1800s: the story of New York’s first haunted house.
“Two young girls, the Fox sisters, were at the center of the haunting. They remained in touch with a spirit that haunted them as they grew up. When they reached adulthood, both girls disavowed the haunting, then promptly died mysteriously.
Years later, Carmer ventured back to the haunted house and the spiritualist community that sprung up around it to try to figure out what really happened, and is met with terrifying answers”.
J.T. Petty had originally been hired to write the screenplay, but Campos has now been brought on board to rewrite the script and direct his first full on horror film, though he has dabbled with very dark themes in his previous work. Coincidentally, he’s also currently attached to direct The First Omen, a prequel to the classic horror film, The Omen.
The synopsis for Splitfoot is as follows, promising plenty of spooks and chills:
“Splitfoot follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a person can’t even buy property without proof that they talk to the dead.
Cynical about the prospects of the spirit world, the temptation of contacting his dead son leaves the reporter vulnerable to something much more dangerous than the dead”.
Campos is an exciting director still waiting for a true breakout hit. If the potential of Splitfoot is anything to go by, this could be it.