Canadian Filmmaker Repays Visit to ”Sam’s Lake”

Following in the footsteps of “Evil Dead” director Sam Raimi, whose feature length revision of his 1978 short film “Within the Woods” made him an indie film legend, Canadian filmmaker Andrew Christopher Erin has just made a deal with Madonna’s Maverick Productions to redo his 2002 short horror film “Sam’s Lake” as a full length dramatic narrative.

Screened at the Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival and Calgary International Film Festival, “Sam’s Lake” featured former “Avonlea” actress Molly Atkinson as Sam, a young woman who, every summer, returns home to the secluded country cottage she grew up in, to reconnect with her traditions, people and memories of the past. Every year, she carefully selects a few friends from the city to share in a few days of relaxation and story-telling and adventure in the isolated forests of northern Ontario. This trip, Dominik, Melanie and Franklin join Sam on her annual trip, but soon learn her terrifying secret.

Little is known of how much the writer/director will change to expand the storyline to feature length, but Erin will enjoy comfier surroundings this time around, as shooting will take place on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Production is expected to begin in late September. No studio is currently signed on for distribution.