Cain Hill Red carpet London Premiere
Friday 21st April
Prince Charles Cinema, London
A group of documentary filmmakers are filming a TV special about the events which occurred at the famous and mysterious abandoned Cain Hill asylum many years earlier, and the unexplained abductions and murders that have occurred at the site since then. The group soon learn that one of the inmates never left Cain Hill at all.
- The main first unit filming was shot entirely on location in just 8 days.
- Actor Richard Goss previously worked with the filmmakers on Taking Care of Business (2016) in which he played the lead character of 'Toby'. In this film he has a cameo appearance as the gas station cashier, who's name badge reads the name 'Toby'.
- Filmed during pre-production of Dark Ascension (2017)
- Featured heavily in the E4 television series Stage School, which featured director Gene Fallaize and producer Tony Cook casting roles for the film.
- The real-life asylum filming location was blessed by two separate ministers before filming began.
- The film contains nods to several iconic horror movies, notably of the 70's, including Halloween (1978) (killer who never runs, wears a mask) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) (killer wears a leather-face mask, killer who primarily kills to protect a property, travel in a camper van)
- When signing on to direct the picture, director Gene Fallaize insisted on major script changes so that the film would be more of an homage to the staple horrors of the 70's, rather than the jump-scare horrors of the 2010's.
- During filming, actor Jason York (Marcus) discovered his bottle of drinking water had been mysteriously shot-through with a pellet gun on set at the asylum location, with the bullet still inside the bottle. Nobody on set had a gun, as weapons were expressly forbidden from the set.
- The real life asylum location that the crew filmed in was supposedly haunted and subject to severe poltergeist activity, with UK TV series Most Haunted (2002) regularly holding seance events at the location.
- The camper van used during filming is actually called 'Gertie', and is now hired out for events and weddings, and even has its own Facebook page.
- The dead badger was a real dead badger that the filmmakers found on their way to the filming location on the first day, and decided to use it in place of other dead animals used in the scene (rats). They named it Helga, and once they were finished filming with it they buried it in the grounds of the asylum location.
- The film features shots of various dead animals (badger, various birds, bird skeleton), which director Gene Fallaize included as a precursor to the deaths that take place at the end of the film. The frog trapped in a drain was noticed by a member of the crew during filming, so the crew filmed it, then released it back into the wild afterwards.
- Actors Gemma Atkinson and Alex Zane performed their cameo appearances on the same day.
- Gemma Atkinson and Michael Parr were both series regulars in British soap Emmerdale (1972) at the time of filming.
- During filming one of the exterior drone shots, the drone was unable to stop from flying backwards directly into the top-floor wall of the asylum building, free-falling four floors to the ground and smashing to pieces.
- This film features unique shots 'flying' through corridors and down flights of stairs, achieved by flying drones indoors down the narrow corridors.
- All of the scenes set inside the 'safe room' were all filmed at the home of director Gene Fallaize
- All of the cast and crew stayed on location at the remote real-life asylum location, with no internet or cell phone coverage, which most claim brought the team together quicker than on most normal productions.
- Hannah Jacobs was cast in the lead-role of 'Mary' as part of the producers deal with E4 TV show Stage School (2016) when she performed at her final-year showcase at her drama school, and then again when the filmmakers called her in to audition. This was her first film role.
- Director Gene Fallaize accidentally bruised actor Phill Martin when directing Hannah Jacobs how he wanted her to hit him.
- Ben Mansbridge's character Steve Penn was named after director Gene Fallaize's wife and co-producer of the film Victoria Fallaize, who's maiden name was Penn. Also when Tony Cook's character 'Leonard' is on the phone at the gas station, he refers to his co-producer 'Tor'. Tor is Victoria's nickname.
- The design for Chester's mask was inspired by three different masks: Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974); The Phantom from Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera', and the real life serial sex attacker Edward Paisnel AKA 'The Beast of Jersey'.
- In the scene where the filmmakers interview the local butcher on camera, not only is that characters outfit an homage to Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)' - right down to the replica neck tie - but the apron he is wearing is the same screen-worn apron that the killer wore in 8ight Limbs (2008) which was executive-produced by Cain Hill (2017) director Gene Fallaize.
- The use of a camper van was heavily inspired by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), but the make (a split-screen VW bus) and blue color are the same as the bus used by the Libyan's in Director Gene Fallaize's favorite film Back to the Future (1985).
- The Character 'Marcus Dodge' was named after Producer Tony Cook partner, Melissa Dodge .
- The daughter of the character 'Richard', which he shows to 'Mary' on his phone during the bar scene is Producer Tony Cook niece Caitlyn Cook
- Gene Fallaize: director of Hollywood movie version of 'Cain Hill'.
- Gene Fallaize: [feet] several shots of the key cast includes shots of just their feet.
- The final shot to be filmed was of the flaming head of Michael.
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