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Period isolation chiller “DARKNESS IN TENEMENT 45” arriving for Election Day; trailer & poster

Monday, October 12, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

With the pandemic on everyone’s mind in the thick of the U.S. election season, it’s only appropriate for a fright flick about quarantining to see release on November 3.

Election Day is when Wood Entertainment, in partnership with The Horror Collective, will give DARKNESS IN TENEMENT 45, set during the Cold War of the 1950s, its digital/VOD release (on platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo, Xbox, Google Play, iNDEMAND, FandangoNOW and others). Winner of Best Feature Film at the Big Apple Film Festival and a selection at several other fests, the movie was written and directed by Nicole Groton and stars Nicole Tompkins, Casey Kramer, Keyon Bowman, David Labiosa, Melissa Macedo and Anthony Marciona. The synopsis: “Joanna [Tompkins] has been living with her overbearing Aunt Martha [Kramer] in a low-income NYC tenement building ever since a violent outburst left her fighting a force that she can only describe as the ‘darkness.’ Little did she know that weeks after moving in, a biological threat from the Soviet Union would leave the building boarded up and the tenants locked inside. With food dwindling and Martha’s controversial role as leader expanding, Joanna rallies the children in an attempt to save the building. Tensions come to a violent head when Martha delves into Joanna’s past and Joanna struggles to keep the darkness from overtaking her entirely.”

“I am so thrilled to be working alongside Wood Entertainment as we share our film DARKNESS IN TENEMENT 45 with the world,” Groton says. “This film was built on female collaboration, and we’re excited to continue that journey with Tara Wood and her team who have created a great space for women in film.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.