Announced at the Italian Horror Show of Latina the release date of “The Wicked Gift”, the
horror/thriller psychological film of the young italian director Roberto D’Antona that hits the
theaters on 6th December. During the event – where even the actress and co-producer
Annamaria Lorusso and the actor Michael Segal were present – the new trailer has been
shown to the audience. View it below.
Writer/Director: Roberto D’Antona
Producers: Alessandro Rossi, Annamaria Lorusso, Roberto D’Antona
Executive Producers: Annamaria Lorusso, Roberto D’Antona, Stefano Pollastro, Paola
Laneve, Francesco Emulo
Co-Executive Producers: Maria Giase, Domenico Uncino, Aurora Rochez, Alex D’Antona,
Cinematography: Stefano Pollastro
Production Manager: Francesca Sacchetti
Production Design: Cristina Francese, Giacomo Carri, Danila Leoni
Music: Aurora Rochez
Visual Effects: Francesco Longo
Make-up and Special Effects: Paola Laneve
NOTES FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR ROBERT D'ANTONA
Two things have ever frightened me - nightmares and ghosts. So I always promised myself that my first movie would have been about these topics. There are so many horror movies about ghosts, premonitions and nightmares and today it’s awfully difficult to create something 100% original, therefore when me and Annamaria Lorusso thought about the plot of this movie,we decided not to create a pure horror story but a psychological thriller mixed to other movie genres.
Before writing the screenplay, I was conscious that this kind of movie should have been creepy and terrifying, so I watched some movies in order to study, analise and focus on what could make it very disturbing. I watched many great classics movies such as Evil Dead and Dracula of Bram Stoker and some more recent movies like The Conjuring, Insidious and The Witch in order to put in the movie my own and to show the audience my worst fears and phobias like losing my teeth, dying in my dreams, being scared to be alone in my house at night, hoping that nothing, nor someone or something of “not earthly”, is hiding behind me and, most of all, the fear that my nightmares come true when I wake up. Therefore, I can truly say that the frightening scenes in the movie refer to something that really happened to me or that could scare me to death.
As for the cast, I chose some great talents able to convey easily the sense of fear, of friendship, of conciousness and above all that were able to comfort not only Ethan but even the audience. I didn’t want a cast that played in a perfect diction or with a striking curriculum, but I wanted that the whole cast was able to act natural and convey to the audience the emotions of their characters.
In the soundtrack that I planned with the composer Aurora Rochez, one can find violin shrills
sound in order to give uneasy feeling to the audience, the piano music and some choirs in order to create terror and fear. The amazing soundtracks of The Witch, Insidious and The Sixth Sense really inspired us. Instead, during the sweeter and peaceful scenes, we wanted to use our lovely 80s sound in order to relax the audience. I think that Rochez did a great job because she was able to create and mix the feeling of unease, drama and melancholia I wanted in this movie.
When I was a kid, I had my first horror experience by watching IT , the short series, that really
terrified me. When I grew up, I strongly loved and appreciated the horror movies (and more) of Sam Raimi, John Carpenter and the eastern ghost movies. I would like the public watch at my movie as an intriguing and disturbing story, I did in old-school way , without digital effects in the scary scenes, but with ghosts played by actors and real situations. It means a lot to me to know that the horror movies fans could appreciate and see at this movie as a new life of Italian horror movies; I hope they could see the love and the passion of all team in creating this movie.