November 28, 2023

Lost Creek: A Love Letter to Halloween and Childhood

Lost CreekIndie Horror Film Lost Creek: A Love Letter to Halloween and Childhood

Lost Creek, the feature film debut for writer/director Colin Adams-Toomey, is a ghost story about childhood being built from the ground up.

We all remember being kids, and how that could be exciting, but also really scary. That’s what the new indie horror Lost Creek is all about: a ghost story seen through the eyes of kids. The film deals with how the sadness of the real world intrudes on the world of children, and what happens to that world when you eventually have to grow up. Writer/director Colin Adams-Toomey has been a fan of horror films and all things Halloween since he himself was a kid. According to Adams-Toomey:

“Halloween is the perfect metaphor for everything both great and terrifying about being a kid. It’s all about imagination, but also it’s a time we focus on the dark places in our minds. You get to go out at night without grown-ups, and that’s exciting, but it’s also scary: the comfort of your parents is gone.”

Lost Creek deals with an 11-year-old boy named Peter, who moves to a new town with his mother Claire in the wake of a messy divorce. Coming to terms with his new life, Peter finds comfort playing at the nearby Lost Creek. There, he meets Maggie, a mysterious girl who quickly becomes Peter’s new best friend. But, with this comes the slow realization that something in the town is wrong. Adults are disappearing, and Peter is plagued by nightmares that are becoming more and more real with each passing night. With Halloween approaching, Peter and Maggie must band together to face their fears and uncover the dark secrets of Lost Creek before it’s too late.

The film was shot in and around Newark, Delaware, which will stand in for Peter’s fictional home town. In addition, Newark, DE is Adams-Toomey’s own childhood home, and many of the locations used were part of Adams-Toomey’s childhood, and inspired the film. According to Adams-Toomey:

“We were really interested in working in a particular kind of locale. Suburbia. We wanted locations that could seem normal, almost boring, and make them haunting, otherworldly, even disturbing. That’s how the everyday world can look to a kid.”

Lost Creek is under consideration in a wide range of festivals in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, and will be under consideration for wider distribution.

The film was produced entirely independently by Adams-Toomey and the crew. The film became possible when Adams-Toomey, his writing and producing partner Dan John Witherall, and Baltimore-based cinematographer Kevin Eikenberg decided to pool their resources to produce Lost Creek together.

Lost Creek includes a number of accomplished independent artists, such as musician Evan Chapman of the band Square Peg Round Hole, who provided the original soundtrack. Lost Creek also features the music of indie rock band Murder By Death.

The film includes a trio of talented first-time child actors in the lead roles: Oliver Stockman playing the main character Peter, Brynna Bartoo as his friend Maggie, and Oliver’s brother Henry Stockman in the role of Peter’s friend Bill.

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I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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