The Faceless Man

Sophie Thurling in The Faceless Man.

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Chapter 5 Studios has released the first official reveal of the title character from their new horror film, The Faceless Man.

The Faceless Man follows Emily (Sophie Thurling) who is struggling to adjust back to everyday life three years after surviving cancer.

Living in fear of redeveloping the fatal disease, a manifestation haunts Emily from the depths of her subconscious in the form of a faceless creature; her fear incarnate… Or is it?

The Faceless Manis a story that represents the fear we all share about getting cancer. The manifestation of this fear is shown as the titular parasitic monster, The Faceless Man, a hideous beast that is our fear incarnate,” says director James Di Martino.

“Drawing from my personal experiences of having cancer at a young age, The Faceless Manuses cancer as a concept to create a horror feature around the brutal truth of getting sick with cancer and the fear of getting it again.”

Roger Ward in The Faceless Man.

Emily’s best friend Nina (Lorin Kauffeld) organises a weekend endeavour with some friends to a holiday house secluded in an outback town as a way for Emily to loosen up and have some fun. What started as a casual party weekend soon turns into a series of unusual events.

The holiday house rests in the town of Orange Lodge known far and wide as a good town with good people. However they have a strong no drug policy and will go to extreme lengths to prevent any drugs from entering this town.

“This group of friends was moulded from slasher film stereotypes. You have the hot chick, the party animal, the love interest, the leader and the jock,” says Di Martino. “This film throws those stereotypes into situations where they are deconstructed. What if the hot chick loses her mind and goes insane?”

The group experience first hand the unsettling and hostile nature the people of this rural town like to treat city folk. Emily and her friends find themselves terrorized by the faceless creature stuck somewhere between reality and subconsciousness, while simultaneously being harassed by both the locals so called law and deadly Russian mobsters trailing a specific package of stolen goods.

The Faceless Manis the first feature film for writer and director Di Martino whose short film credits include The Lazy Barber, Congratulationsand Five O’Clock. The Faceless Manstars Thurling and Kauffeld alongside Lucas Pittaway, Andy Mcphee and Roger Ward.

A costume-themed red carpet premiere of The Faceless Manwill be held on Halloween at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, Victoria. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to the best dressed on the night. A VIP party after the premier to celebrate the premiere with food, drinks and live music will be held after the screening.

You can find tickets and details here.