‘Devil Inside’ Horrors Inspired By Real-Life Disease

by Thomas Tuna

Better the Tasmanian Devil you know than the one you don’t.

Devil Inside–a new horror thriller said to be in the vein of It Comes at Night–is in pre-production for a premiere in the third quarter of 2023, according to a report in Deadline.

The film will be brought to Cannes later this month by Australian sales company Odin’s Eye Entertainment.

Devil Inside–directed by Jonathan auf der Heide (Van Diemen’s Land) from a screenplay he wrote with Tom Holloway and David Ngo–explores the terrors that could result from a cross-species contagion. Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) has signed on to star.

The storyline follows Eva, a young virologist, “who helps the local park ranger research the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease–a contagious cancer that has wiped out 90 percent of the population,” according to the synopsis.

But when her husband is bitten by a stray dog, she “suspects the virus has mutated to cross species and is causing violent outbursts in the hosts. The infection soon spreads through the locals, and Eva must choose between saving the man she loves or the rest of humanity.”

As auf der Heide said, the film is “inspired by a real-life disease, and I wanted to keep it firmly grounded in reality. What makes it so scary is that this will feel like the world’s first actual rage virus outbreak.”

Ngo said the script is “incredibly tense and exciting,” adding that it will “tap into our fears for humanity in an increasingly fragile world–struggling to balance the reality of current global challenges and hope for the future.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Devil Inside.

 

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