Indican Pictures has tabbed July 24 as the DVD debut date for director Jonathan Zuck’s haunted house thriller, Within the Darkness.
Austin Barnett (Dave Coyne — V/H/S/2, Malice: Metamorphosis) is a promoter, a hustler and he thinks that he might be able to hit it big with a cable series that is going to be titled The Paranormal Dimension with Austin Barnett. It’s a ghost-hunter anthology, which isn’t a problem for him, since he doesn’t believe in such nonsense. A little camera work, some spooky this and that and the subtle approach of a used car salesman in promoting it … it will be a hit!!
One thing going for Austin, besides being a shameless self-promoter, is that he has a close-knit crew (read that as the “victim pool) that is pretty good technically. They are, Lucy (Erin Cline — The Housewife Slasher, Sanctuary; Quite a Conundrum) his main squeeze, his cousin Bruce (John C. Bailey), Jesse — his childhood friend (played by Tonya Kay — as Versnatchy in Evil Bong 666 and Evil Bong 777, plus The Amityville Terror, Nightmare Code, etc.) and the Elvira-like Megan (Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism, Olympus Has Fallen, etc.), who serves as the show’s “Medium” (she may actually be the real deal).
There sits the infamous Hewit House — an architectural beauty, none of that creepy old, dilapidated Victoria mansion. This place is nice, but it’s currently empty and has a nasty backstory about why no one wants to live there.
This is perfect of Austin and being a total fake and fraud he knows that he can turn the Hewit House into paranormal gold. There’s just one little problem, the place might actually be haunted.
The first night of the production yields some thing-go-bump-in-the-night, so Austin is all-in. Megan is more cautious and suggests that what they experienced might be malevolent, but when you’re dealing with Austin, that’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.
The second night in the Hewit House could be a “closing” night for the production of The Paranormal Dimension with Austin Barnett!!! Filmmaker Jonathan Zuck keeps Within the Darkness fresh, even though all of the familiar genre elements are in place … haunted house, victim pool (with a very attractive cast) and something wicked that this way shall come. Sweet!