‘Orphan’ Prequel Filmmaker Starts New Horror Project

William Brent Bell continues to expand his ever-growing catalog of genre films.

The director behind such horror hits as The Devil Inside (2012) and The Boy (2016)–as well as the upcoming OrphanFirst Kill (which does not yet have a release date)–recently started shooting the folk horror flick Lord of Misrule in the United Kingdom, according to a report on Deadline.

Bell is helming the film from a screenplay by Tom de Ville (The Quiet Ones), and serves as a producer alongside Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, Jason Newmark, Laurie Cooke, James Tomlinson and Alison Brister.

Lord of Misrule–set in a rural English village–follows Rebecca Holland, who has recently taken over the parish church. But when her young daughter goes missing during a festival, everyone joins in on the search.

However, “the closer they come to finding the girl, the more secrets emerge from the town’s dark past,” according to the official synopsis. Before long, Rebecca must decide “just how much she is willing to sacrifice to rescue her daughter from the grip of evil.”

The film–which will be offered for sale at the upcoming virtual American Film Market–stars Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey), Ralph Ineson (The Witch) and Matt Stokoe (Cursed).

Bell said it was rare to find “such well-developed, culturally relevant and beautifully dark material” as Lord of Misrule. He added that he expects the film “will haunt audiences for years to come.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Lord of Misrule.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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