A horror movie about bad relationships and the monsters they feed.
LOGLINE​​​​​​​
When a couple meets with a hiking accident in the New Zealand wilderness, they’re forced to accept the hospitality of a hermit bent on fixing their waning relationship. But as his prying gets more personal, the pair discover they’re facing not just their own issues, but supernatural forces as well.
KEY DETAILS
ESTIMATED BUDGET: $500,000-$750,000 USD
WRITERS/DIRECTORS: Andrew Todd & Johnny Hall
PRODUCERS: Morgan Leigh Stewart, Peter Kuplowsky & Andrew Todd
COMPANIES: Mad Fox Films Ltd & Urgency Ltd
STATUS: Script complete; seeking financing, sales, and production partners
COMPARABLE PRODUCTIONS: Housebound; The Babadook; The Ranger; What Keeps You Alive; Gerald's Game
SCRIPT: here​​​​​​​ (semifinalist in the 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition)
PROJECT OVERVIEW: here
CONTACT: Andrew Todd  |  andrew@madfoxfilms.co.nz  |  514-553-8232
SHORT SYNOPSIS
On a hike in the New Zealand bush, Sasha had hoped to mend her ailing romance with decade-younger girlfriend Erica. But the a horrible injury pushes the pair to accept help from Cooper, an odd, kind-hearted hermit living in a house in the otherwise-uninhabited wilderness.
At first, Cooper’s help proves life-saving. But when he starts pushing unsolicited relationship counseling on the couple, Sasha questions his intentions and seeks to escape his hospitality - even as Erica gets completely taken in by his romantic rhetoric.
While searching for a lost backpack in the woods, Sasha discovers evidence that Cooper may have committed a murder. Confronting Cooper, she and Erica are sat down for a most uncomfortable "romantic" dinner, in which their supposed antagonist reveals the existence of an entity stalking the woods that feeds on negative emotion.
As Cooper’s attempts to repair the women’s relationship grow increasingly savage, and the Beast begins attacking their refuge, Sasha must confront some uncomfortable truths in order to destroy the Beast and escape the bush alive…
DIRECTORS' STATEMENT
In So Lonely I Could Die, we’re looking to further the combination of thoughtful yet outlandish character-driven genre entertainment we employed in our first feature Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws. This movie is smaller in scale than our debut, but more manageable and cast-focused, and we aim to make the characters every bit as vivid as the nightmarish horror elements that serve as metaphor for their mental states. 

It's only when these characters' hearts are literally being torn from their chests that they actually confront their issues.

So Lonely I Could Die is a single-location, low-budget, character-driven thriller with a Kiwi sensibility and location. It's an unusual story, in that its central relationship is lopsided and ill-advised, and in that the happy ending involves the central couple breaking up. While the film focuses on its central relationship, it also features enough horror/thriller genre “juice” - not to mention a strong streak of dark comedy - to make for a strong crowd-pleaser.

Concept art by Theresa Chiechi:
VISUAL STYLE & MOOD
"Just because you're alone, that doesn't mean you're lonely. It just means you're alone."
Opening hike
Opening hike
Ominous Cooper/bach
Sasha/Erica relationship
"Ripe For Romance" game
Mood for early cabin stuff
Food sequences
Mood for dinner/dessert sequence
Mood for bedroom scene
Isolation mood
Visual ref for bedroom
Lighting ref for late film
Tone ref for ending
Visual/tone ref for ending
LOCATIONS
"What brings you to my neck of the bush? Not exactly a must-see."
NZ landscape, epic, beautiful
Dense bush to hike through
Moody forest
Picturesque Kiwi bach (cabin) in the woods
Interior bach
Night in the forest
SASHA
"I'd just really prefer not to play a fucking couples game with a stranger in the middle of the woods!"
Morgana O'Reilly (HOUSEBOUND)
Emily Barclay (IN MY FATHER'S DEN)
Anna Paquin (TRUE BLOOD)
Frankie Adams (THE EXPANSE)
Visual ref (end of movie)
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ERICA
"I want to be with you. There's no one I'd rather be lost with."
Marli Siu (ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE)
Kiersey Clemons (DOPE)
Anya Taylor-Joy (THE WITCH)
Chloe Levine (THE RANGER)
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COOPER
"I trust him. At least I know he won't ditch me." - Erica
"That man out there is a killer. We don't know who he is or where he came from." - Sasha
Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM)
Karl Urban (LORD OF THE RINGS)
Tim Balme (BRAINDEAD)
Dean O'Gorman (THE HOBBIT)
Cliff Curtis (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD)
Visual ref, lol, we'll never get Jackman
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Visual ref (opening)
THE BEAST
"Not quite a man. Tall. Pale, with hollow black eyes that sucked the joy from the world."
Visual reference
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Mood reference for Erica/Beast
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CONTACT
Andrew Todd  |  andrew@madfoxfilms.co.nz  |  514-553-8232​​​​​​​
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