Osgood Perkins – son of horror legend Anthony Perkins – has signed on to direct his third feature film, A Head Full Of Ghosts. The film is based on the thriller novel written by Paul Tremblay.
The plot revolves around Merry, “who 20 years after her family was publicly consumed and destroyed by her teenage sister’s mysterious and horrific affliction, is approached by a journalist to tell the story in her own words. She reveals a far more terrifying version of what really happened in her childhood home”.
In addition to directing the film, Perkins will also do a rewrite on the screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (Super Dark Times).
Perkins’ first two features – The Blackcoat’s Daughter and I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House – haven’t been widely seen but are incredibly effective films (especially the latter) if you’re a fan of slow-burn, atmospheric horror.
Perkins doesn’t look to be a go-to name if a studio is looking for an easily consumable jump scare fest, but he’s certainly a name that should become much more familiar among horror fans as his work becomes more widely seen.
If A Head Full Of Ghosts can match the unnerving atmosphere of his previous two films – and it will be interesting to see how Perkins adapts material not originally written by him – we could be in for something special.