Horror in the nursery.
The Moogai–a psychological horror film from Causeway Films–is slated to start production in Australia this week, according to a report on ScreenDaily. No release window has yet been announced.
The film is based on Jon Bell’s SXSW Midnight Grand Jury Award-winning short, and is the filmmaker’s feature directorial debut. The pic is produced by Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings (The Babadook), with Mitchell Stanley.
The Moogai tells the story of a young Aboriginal Australian couple who brings home their second child, only to deal with a “malevolent spirit seeking to steal the child,” according to the brief logline.
As Bell explains it, “The Stolen Generations are an important part of Australia, and the fear of somebody stealing your children is a universal fear of parents around the world. When it’s codified into government policy, it becomes a true horror.”
Two cast members from the original short film–Shari Seabees and Meyne Wyatt–star in the new feature. The rest of the cast includes Tessa Rose, Clarence Ryan, Toby Leonard Moore and Bella Heathcote.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on The Moogai.