“I confess, I do love telling a good, scary story….” – The Architect
The Architect, a purveyor of dark dreams who crafts his tales of terror from the torn fabric of nightmares. This intriguing character has been given life by gifted actor Ian McNeice who adds a touch of charm to the horrors The Architect speaks about. The character is shrouded in mystery and nothing will prepare you for the surprises he has in store in The House of Screaming Death. Ian McNeice is known for such genre films as ‘From Hell’ and ‘White Noise’, as well as starring in ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Dune’. He joined the massive ensemble cast for the film, a project that lovingly pays homage to the style, tone and content from the classic heyday of Hammer Horror and Amicus Studios.
Producer Dave Hastings, who wrote the Architect scenes, remarks that “after reading through the script with Ian in early January, he immediately got what we were attempting to do, as well as being very impressed with the first trailer we’d released last Halloween. We discussed the role, what it meant to us as all, as well as his own ideas, which were thrilling to hear. From the first take we did on set, everyone just watched him, spellbound and you could have heard a pin drop!”
Kaush Patel, who directed The Architect segments over the course of two days in mid-February this year, observes that “when the concept of The Architect character started developing in the script we knew straight away that our film needed someone who would bring a sense of appreciation and esteem to the classic Hammer/British Gothic Horror genre that we loved. We approached Ian directly for the role and showed him the trailer and the pre-production work we had done beforehand. He was very impressed with how hard we had worked with the film so far but he also looked at our previous feature “Checking-In”, which won BEST BRITISH FILM at the London Film Awards in 2014.”
The film is currently in post production with an anticipated release in late October – just in time for Halloween.
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