The Shelter to be distributed in North America by Uncork’d Entertainment!

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Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired US and Canadian rights to the horror-thriller The Shelter, with both a theatrical and digital release planned for the fall.

Written & directed by John Fallon and produced by Fallon and Donny Broussard, The Shelter stars Michael Paré (Eddie and the Cruisers, The Virgin Suicides) in one of his most acclaimed performances in recent times.

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Michael Pare as Thomas Jacobs

Scream Horror Magazine says Paré “steals each and every scene” while Aint it Cool News says he “really gives it his all here, plunging to emotional depths I never thought he was able to do”.

Gayle James, Rachel Whittle, Amy Wickenheiser and Daena Turner co-star in “the smart man’s horror film” (Icons of Fright).

“I’m very pleased to be partnering with John and Berge to introduce The Shelter to U.S. and Canadian audiences,” says Uncork’d Entertainment President Keith Leopard. “Michael [Paré] is superb in the lead role – we’re anticipating some great notices on his turn here.”

Writer/Director John Fallon.
Writer/Director John Fallon.

“It was very important for me to find a domestic distributor that understood The Shelter for what it was and that wouldn’t try to rework it into something that it wasn’t,” says Writer/Director John Fallon. “I thankfully found that in Uncork’d Entertainment and I am beyond elated to move forward with them on the picture!”

In The Shelter, widower and homeless man Thomas Jacobs (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two-story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?

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Gayle James as Maryam

Of his role, Paré said “The Shelter tells a great and painful tragedy, not about global disaster or war or economic collapse but of the individual human heart. The human heart and soul is what all art seeks to unravel. Guilt, regret and shame kill the heart and soul. When our lower animal nature dominates our character our soul is lost.

With visual effects by Thomas Wilson (Insidious, The Conjuring), The Shelter was executive produced by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions. Holbrook Multi Media completed the production and post-production elements.

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Composer Shawn Knippelberg and Director John Fallon talk music in The Shelter!

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Composer (and Kamloops native) Shawn Knippelberg and Writer Director John Fallon were recently interviewed by Kamloopsthisweek.com about the music in The Shelter.

An excerpt:

Shawn: “I’d do a scene of the movie and send it to him for his approval and he’d send me back notes of what he wanted, what he liked or didn’t like. It was probably a little longer than the process normally is, but I think it worked out pretty good.”

John: “It’s a fairly morose film so there’s not much in terms of chipper music. I would say the bulk of the movie is sombre and sad music, and weird, eerie, ominous music,” he said. “It’s about going scene by scene and looking at what the scene is trying to say, and then getting the music to amplify the themes.”

Read the entire piece HERE.

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