The lives of the characters in the upcoming paranormal thriller Deadly Intent are becoming living nightmares, as a mother’s world is being drastically torn apart when an unseen presences begins to influence her young son. And what makes this horror that little bit more disturbing, is that this story is influenced by real events in the life of its writer, Diana Townsend.
Unsurprisingly, Bryony is struggling to cope with her loss and is not fully aware of how her son is coping either. So while James become more secretive and withdrawn, it goes unnoticed to his mother until things take a turn for the worse. When it is noticed that James is playing thoughtless tricks on his mother, she finally confronts him. But only to find herself facing a reality more terrifying than any nightmare she could imagine.
I know, you’re probably wondering how such a story could have been a reality for its writer. In an interview, Townsend admitted that to create a script as real as possible, she needed to think of her own life experiences and there was only that had her genuinely afraid. She explains how when her daughters were young, her and her husband moved into an old school and began renovating. In progress, they began suspecting that there may be a ghost on property. Around the same time, her youngest daughter began waking in the night screaming that her older sister had been punching her while she was still asleep in the bed opposite. Townsend admitted that the thought that something invisible was torturing her child in her own home was petrifying. And this was where the inspiration for Deadly Intent emerged.
Having been a huge fan of thriller movies, there seems to be always one aspect that is the worse kind of terror; the use of the innocent child. Movies that deal with traumatised or possessed children are always the most terrifying sort. But this is only another reason that I eagerly await the release of Deadly Intent. The trailer confirms that this is going to be an overwhelming British independent movie, and with readers of the script comparing it to the daunting Insidious, this is definitely one to look out for.
If there is a message that this horror conveys, is it that there is a thin line between love and obsession.
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