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Elijah Wood’s company announces two horror pics

The Woodshed backs 'Girl Walks Home Alone,' 'Toad Road'

The Woodshed, the new horror shingle from partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, has announced two new projects — the original production “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and the completed feature “Toad Road” from writer-director Jason Banker.

The Woodshed is partnering with Blackout Films and Random Bench on “Toad Road,” which will be the first film to go out under

“The Woodshed Presents” banner. The Woodshed partners discovered the pic when programming Nightmare City, a horror film festival collaboration between the Cinefamily, Cinespia and the Woodshed that is currently unfolding around Los Angeles.

“Programming the festival, we viewed scores of new horror films, but ‘Toad Road’ leapt out of the pack with its devastating power. We knew we had to do whatever we could to make sure this special film is seen,” Wood said.

The Woodshed will present the U.S. preem in Los Angeles on Tuesday as part of Nightmare City. Pic earned awards for director Banker and star James Davidson at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.

Banker produced his first narrative feature, “Toad Road,” in collaboration with Random Bench principals Liz Levine (“Camp Hollywood”) and Adrian Salpeter (“The French Guy”).

Pic blurs the line between documentary and narrative to create a disturbing portrait of drug use in youth culture wrapped around a terrifying supernatural event on New Jersey’s infamous Toad Road, the subject of an urban legend about the gate to hell.

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is an Iranian Western about vampires that will mark the feature debut of writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour. The film is described as a love story set in a fictitious Iranian ghost town reeking of death and loneliness, where a strange and jaded population is haunted by a lonesome vampire who preys upon the city’s most depraved denizens.

The mash-up of genre and culture will include a modern soundtrack of ’60s-inspired Western guitar music and Iranian pop.

“When I first heard about Ana’s project, a vampire Western noir, shot in black & white, in Farsi, and utilizing an entirely Iranian soundtrack, I was extremely excited. I then saw her proof-of-concept short and was convinced that this was a film that we’d be proud to be a part of bringing to life,” Wood said.

Amirpour and Sina Sayyah, her producing partner at Say Ahh… Prods., are partnering with the Woodshed on the project, which starts production in Taft, Calif., in January. “We are truly thrilled to find creative partners with bold imagination and a taste for elevated genre films. There hasn’t been an Iranian film like this before. It’s going to be something special,” added Sayyah.

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