It’s not all about big-budget tentpoles. There are still filmmakers working at a smaller scale, crafting more intimate fare, and coming soon to streaming is ‘The Shasta Triangle‘ from director Barry W. Levy. This female-centric thriller follows a young woman, Paula, (Dani Lennon, ‘The Love Witch’, ‘FEARnet’s ‘Bite Me’)) who must return to her bizarre hometown after the disappearance of her father. The cast also includes Ayanna Berkshire (‘Twilight’, NBC’s ‘Grimm‘), Helenna Santos (CW’s ‘The Flash’, ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’), Madeline Merritt (‘The Guest House’, ‘Auteur’), and Deborah Lee Smith (‘Here Awhile’, ‘Last Three Days’). With her childhood friends, Paula ventures into the woods near Shasta, California, where they are confronted by “ancient and terrifying forces controlling the town.”
In The Shasta Triangle, Paula, a woman in her 30’s, returns to her hometown of Shasta, California to uncover the truth about her father’s disappearance when she was a child. Her parents were fringe scientists using ancient geometry to figure out what was causing a mysterious horn-like sound happening all over the world. First, her mother died suddenly, and then her father disappeared when she was young, and Paula has come back to Shasta to get closure on what happened.
When her childhood friends discover she is back, they join her and travel deep into the Shasta woods. Once they reach the old area they played in as children called the “hide and seek tree”, they are held captive by forces beyond their control forcing them to challenge the very nature of reality.
In a terrifying battle, Paula comes to know the truth of what happened so many years ago, at a cost to herself that she could have never imagined.
Levy and Santos produced ‘The Shasta Triangle’ under their Mighty Pharaoh banner. It will be distributed by Giant Pictures. Via the film’s press release, Levy stated:
“Never have there been more questions about what’s ‘real’ in our world, as we see in concepts like Simulation Theory, multiple dimensions, the Earth’s ley lines, and hot spots, and mysterious ‘Sounds’ heard around the world.”
Discussing the film, Santos said:
“I’m a minority female in the industry with a long-time love of sci-fi and horror, specifically shows like ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘The Magicians.’ I really wanted to tell a story that could live in a similar world and spotlight a diverse cast of women in a way that hasn’t been seen much in the genre. And with the current hunger for female-driven narratives, ‘The Shasta Triangle’ delivers a complex and compelling story.”
“Mt. Shasta was chosen as the epicenter of the story since it is on what’s known as a ley line ‘hot spot’ that is said to create certain magnetic anomalies and other ‘unexplained’ phenomenon, which the characters in the movie experience. We were able to tell a deeply personal story at a heightened level because of this unique setting, which is steeped in so much myth, legend, and conspiracy.”
Look for ‘The Shasta Triangle’ on all digital platforms in the US and Canada on December 3, 2019.