Recently I discovered a film that has the potential to be a fun retro trip back to the days of Monster Squad, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Ernest Scared Stupid. These are a few of the movies I grew up on that developed in me a love and appreciation for the horror genre and which seem to be disappearing from theaters. I’m not sure when Hollywood stopped bringing out family friendly fright fare but it seems sparse now. Director Andy Schroeder aims to contribute to this storied and respected legacy with his upcoming film Distiller.
Blue is moving into the cabin with the help of her envious brother Charlie over Fourth of July weekend, finally moving out of her parents’ home and starting a life of her own. It’s the first time either of them has returned to their Uncle’s home since he disappeared when they were kids. While cleaning up the “twenty years of disrepair and junk” that characterize the once luxurious cabin they come across an enigmatic collection of liquor bottles stored in the basement among other odd relics.
With the home in presentable condition, the siblings try to forget their differences and invite friends over for the holiday to enjoy Blue’s new home with its private pond, mostly functioning jacuzzi, pinball machine, and a basement full of what they can only assume is moonshine. As the party goers open the bottles to toast to the long lost Uncle and Blue’s newfound fortunes they can only imagine what it was that Matt was distilling into the bottles all those years ago…
You can get some more insight into what’s in store for you by reading a little something from director Andy Schroeder himself
Character is also a principal reason that all of our ghosts and goblins were done with practical effects. I don’t want audiences to just see ghostly fog or dripping slime, I want them to feel it. DISTILLER only took 13 days in production, but Erin and I spent 285 long nights achieving our 286 effects shots and I don’t regret a single moment of it.