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Everett De Roche Issues a "Storm Warning"

It looks as if an old subgenre is taking a fresh hold down under. I'm of course referring to the peril-rushes-in-when-there's-no-one-around-for-miles-to-help subgenre that "Wolf Creek" has brought back to the fore. (Well, okay, the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" probably had something to do with the resurgence, too.) Now Fangoria declares that another dread-veined thriller is set to creep out of Australia with the title "Storm Warning."

Everett De Roche ("Patrick," "Razorback") wrote the script years ago and is as surprised as anyone to see it finally making its way into production. He's also the first to acknowledge that the success of "Wolf Creek" is probably no small part of the reason his script is seeing the light of day after 15 years of dormancy.

The plot sounds like a knockout. A young couple gets lost on a boating trip and soon discovers that the empty farmhouse they've taken refuge in is in fact occupied. When the three owners return from a drinking binge, they're less than thrilled to have visitors. The man ends up with both legs broken, and as a result, the onus of saving the day falls to the woman, who just happens to be a skilled metal sculptor. Locked in the barn for the night, the couple is forced to rely on the woman's ingenuity if they hope to escape with their lives.

Sounds promising to me, though one question remains. Is "Urban Legend" helmer Jamie Blanks the right choice for the director's chair of "Storm Warning"? Let's hope so, because apparently he's got the job.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on December 14, 2005 7:10 AM
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