A horror movie about a group of college students in the 1950s is in the works for Halloween 2018, and it’s not about Halloween anymore, according to the writer of the script.
The horror film, which stars Chaz Bono and Matthew McConaughey, is about two college students named Alana (Bono) and Joe (McConaughe), who become friends with the fictional ghostly duo of Mrs. Claus (Tara Strong) and Mrs. Snowspot (Molly Shannon), who have been kidnapped by an evil family named The Big House.
The movie, which opens nationwide in October, is being co-written by Dan Stevens and Josh Gad, with Chadwick Bono also starring.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of horror movies and this is the most well-crafted and most well written,” Stevens said in a statement to EW.
“It’s not a Halloween film, but it has a very dark tone and the actors are all great.”
The movie’s first trailer shows off a creepy house full of ghosts and goblins, which has the cast and crew in a Halloween costume.
“The film is set in the early 1950s, and is loosely based on the events of the book ‘A New Nightmare,'” the release says.
“The film will explore themes of the occult and dark magic.”
The film, slated for a 2019 release, will feature a Halloween theme song by The Chainsmokers.
Stevens has been a longtime fan of the Halloween franchise, which started in 1982 with the 1989 film “Friday the 13th: The Game,” and has starred in three of them.
He and his wife, director Lauren Beukes, also co-wrote the first two movies, and also wrote the screenplay for “The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving.”
“It’s a movie that’s based on real events,” Stevens told EW in an interview last year.
“And it’s very well written.”
Stevens also cofounded the Charming family, which he said was inspired by his father, a former member of the Army who served in Vietnam.
“This is the kind of film where I feel like I’m really involved,” he said.
“I don’t know if I’m making a movie.
I don’t even know what the movie is called, but I’m there in a very important way.”
Stevenson, who will be starring in the Halloween film along with his wife Beukes and director Michael Shannon, said he and his family are looking forward to the movie, but haven’t gotten in on the hype yet.
“We don’t want to get too excited,” he told EW.