‘The Lair’ Adds To Cast, Moves Forward With Production

Neil Marshall’s latest excursion into horror is gaining steam and chugging along to the finish line.

The filmmaker behind Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and last year’s The Reckoning started shooting The Lair earlier this month in Hungary with a fleshed-out cast in tow, as reported by scifibulletin.com.

The horror film–written, directed and produced by Marshall–stars Jonathan Howard, Charlotte Kirk and Jamie Bamber. That trio will be joined in the cast by Leon Ockenden, Mark Strepan, Hadi Khanjanpour, Harry Taurasi, Kibong Tanji and Troy Alexander.

The Lair follows Sgt. Tom Hook, who leads a command to rescue Lt. Kate Sinclair, a Royal Air Force pilot shot down over Afghanistan. To make matters even more dicey, Sinclair takes refuge in a long-abandoned bunker and “unwittingly releases a deadly man-made biological weapon–half-human, half-alien and hungry for human flesh–the Ravagers.”

Hook and his team–accompanied by British SAS troops–“must save Sinclair from the Ravagers before they overrun the area and, potentially, the world.”

Marshall called his new film “a full-on monster movie with action and explosions and blood and guts. This movie captures the mood and intensity of my earlier work. I wanted to make a creature feature. I wanted to do some monsters.”

The director added that he was inspired by the “incredible use of practical creature special effects” of such classics as Alien and Predator when dreaming up this movie. “It’s spectacular and loud,” he said. “The Lair will be a snarling, ravenous beast of a movie. I’m going to get my hands bloody making this one.”

There has been no word at this time about a release date, so keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on The Lair.


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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