‘Last House on the Left’ director looks to set up a new home


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EXCLUSIVE: Fans of the supernatural should be keen on this one: The man who brought a Wes Craven classic back to the big screen and a veteran of television hit ‘Ghost Whisperer’ are poised to team up on a new horror picture.

Dennis Iliadis, who remade Craven’s seminal 1972 film, ‘The Last House on the Left,’ last year, is negotiating to direct a new film called ‘The Demonologists,’ say several sources familiar with the project. The film is written by Teddy Tenenbaum, a screenwriter who also has numerous credits on the Jennifer Love Hewitt series ‘Ghost Whisperer.’


‘Demonologists,’ from ‘Sherlock Holmes’ producer Silver Pictures, concerns a family of veteran ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they are called in to face what they soon realize is not a routine ghost job but a demon infestation. The film shares some thematic similarities with ‘House,’ which looked at what happens when a decent family is driven to violent acts.

Iliadis, incidentally, is an up-and-coming horror director who has also been considered for the remake of the Hitchcock classic ‘The Birds.’

‘Demonologists’ continues a mini-trend of films about people battling evil supernatural forces. ‘The Last Exorcism’ proved a niche hit this summer, while the Anthony Hopkins-starring exorcism movie ‘The Rite’ is due out in January.

— Steven Zeitchik