The trailer to Exeter filmmaker Ashley Thorpe’s Borley Rectory received an airing at the Buried Alive Film Festival.
The film marks an interesting departure for the award-winning Ashley, who is also working on his Penny Dreadful animation feature.
Ashley said: ‘Borley Rectory is certainly in some ways a deviation from the previous films stylistically and in terms of content. It’s essentially an animated documentary, which I thought might be an interesting form to explore a subject like this.”
According to the Wikipedia, “Borley Rectory was a Victorian era mansion located in the village of Borley, Essex. It was constructed in 1863, on the site of a previous rectory and destroyed by fire in 1939. The house gained a reputation for being haunted after a series of residents reported unsettling phenomena. In 1929, the story of Borley was heavily covered by the Daily Mirror. Notably, it was investigated by paranormal investigator Harry Price in 1937, who described it as The Most Haunted House in England, a phrase which caught the imagination of the press. Price wrote two books on the subject, both of which were bestsellers.”
Ashley said: “Borley Rectory, whether you believe Price or not regarding the validity of the haunting, was at least a place that attracted a wealth of quite eccentric characters over the years and each of them brought something of their personality to the house and by proxy to its reputation.
“I was talking to Stephen Volk recently and he commented about a haunting reflecting an absence in a person, a potentially fatal flaw in their character projected, and I find this a very interesting perspective”
Ashley’s Carrion production company is also joining up with another Devon-based award-winning filmmaker, Toby DeBurgh and his Cineon Productions for the movie, specific details of which are being closely guarded.
Borley Rectory is due for release in 2012.