The Unwilling (2016)

‘Careful what you wish for…’

The Unwilling is a 2016 American horror film directed by Jonathan Heap from a screenplay co-written with David Lipper. It stars the latter, plus Dina Meyer and Lance Henriksen.

When five relatives come to the perfectly ordered home of David Harris, a shut in, to hear the reading of the will of his hated father, they are surprised by the delivery of an old antique box.

Once activated, the box starts to reveal special items to each one in turn, which lead to surprising and mysterious deaths. As each person succumbs to the box’s mysterious hold on them, David fears his father’s dangerous spirit has returned from the dead demanding retribution.

However, he soon realizes something far more ancient and terrifying has invaded his protected home, and if he can’t solve the puzzle of the devilish box, he will surely die with the rest of them, all entombed in his house forever…

The film is currently on the festival circuit prior to a summer VOD and DVD release.

In August 2016, director Jonathan Heap told Fangoria: “It seems to me that what we have created, is that which is missing from many present day horror; the personal subjective story, the Hitchcock one person point-of-view.

A lot of horror and sci-fi has become impersonal so we started out to do just the opposite. I think we have succeeded to the extent that you will want the characters to overcome – overcome whatever they at first are unwilling to do.”

Main cast:

David Lipper (Lost After Dark; Ghost Whisperer; Bug Buster), Dina Meyer (The Evil Within; The Crooked ManSaw, II, III, IV), Lance Henriksen, Bree Williamson, Austin Highsmith, Levy Tran, Jake Thomas, Robert Rusler, Charles Gorgano. 

Trivia:

The film’s working title was The Gathering.

IMDb | Official site | Twitter | Facebook | Image credits: Fangoria

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1 reply

  1. If the presence of a mysterious square box is any indication (Hellraiser), this one should be quite scary.

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