Supernatural thriller film HAUNTING OF THE MARY CELESTE is slated for a release on demand and on digital, October 23 via Vertical Entertainment. Emily Swallow (“Mandalorian,” “Supernatural”), Richard Roundtree (Shaft), Alice Hunter (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Dominic Devore (“P-Valley”), Pierre Adeli, and Ava Acres (Free Ride) star.
Swallow stars as Rachel, a concerned researcher whose team who has set out to sea to prove that the disappearance of a family and crew from a merchant ship was for reasons having to do with the supernatural. Her theory that those on the Mary Celeste vanished into a “rift” between dimensions proves true as the boat breaks down and her crew begins to vanish one by one.
The true story of The Mary Celeste inspired the film’s original concept — it remains one of the sea’s great, unsolved mysteries. The Mary Celeste was an American merchant brigantine discovered adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores Islands on December 4, 1872. She was found in disheveled condition… with her lifeboat missing and the last entry in the log dated ten days earlier. Her cargo was intact and while the captain and crew’s personal belongings were totally undisturbed, none of those who had been on board were ever seen or heard from again.
“When I first read David Ross’ script, I could immediately picture it as a classic horror film,” stated Producer Brian Dreyfuss. “Producing alongside my father and with such a talented team, led by Director Shana Betz, the film was a labor of love and it’s so exciting to partner with Vertical Entertainment to at last share it with audiences.”
HAUNTING OF THE MARY CELESTE is directed by Shana Betz (Free Ride) from a script written by David Ross (The Woods, The Babysitters) and produced by Norman Dreyfuss, Brian Dreyfuss and Justin Ambrosino. The Executive Producers are Eric Brodeur and Jerome Olivier.
The deal was negotiated by Josh Spector, for Vertical Entertainment with Tyler Leisher and Eric Brodeur of Exit 44 Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.