The Haunted Hotel is an anthology that encompasses eight stories of ghostly encounters over the decades and manifests itself amid the ruins of what was once a great English hotel.
The Haunted Hotel was made for around £ 10,000 and with a cast and crew of over 100 people drew filmmakers and creatives from across East Anglia (UK) to the Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich to do a Portmanteau feature film with a really local, independent movie to create mind (no pun intended).
The now-abandoned building, a once grand hotel named by Charles Dickens in “The Pickwick Papers”, provided the blank (and rather shabby) canvas for 8 original stories by local writers who responded to FILM Suffolk’s call to ghost story scripts.
With plots in 8 different eras over 150 years, the production design and the costuming challenge of bringing The Haunted Hotel to life was immense. During production, the film was shot in two intensive 5-day shooting blocks, with several productions working side by side in the catacomb corridors and rooms of the hotel.
Established stars like Reece Ritchie (The Lovely Bones, Hercules) and Hugh Fraser (known for many years as Cpt. Hastings alongside David Suchets Poirot) worked with a slew of brilliant cast and crew to bring our 8-segment vision to life Awakening directors (including Jane Gull, director of the indie hit ‘My Feral Heart’).
The Haunted Hotel made waves at the festival with a number of awards including Best Horror Film at Prospector International Film Festival, Best Feature Film and Best Actor / Actress (Reece Ritchie) at THE SMOKIES Film Festival, Best Horror Film and Best Costume Design at HEX After Dark Festival (Canada), Best Feature Film at Couch Film Festival (USA), Best Art Design at Anatolia International Film Festival (Turkey) and Outstanding Supporting Achievement (Hugh Fraser) at MLC Awards (US).
More information can be found HERE on The Haunted Hotel’s website.