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SUMMIT (2014)

Five college friends hit the road for a ski trip. When they end up at the wrong location and can't backtrack because of the intense cold and secluded surroundings, they decide to take shelter in an abandoned house overnight. When they wake in the morning, things are not quite what they seemed and it's too late to turn back. 

The Film

Director's Statement

Summit is a feature length Horror-Drama. It pays homage to slasher films in its seemingly cliche set-up, but takes this typical narrative into a more nuanced and character-driven direction. The film works on a face value level as an eerie thriller that will unsettle you, but is also a deeper film that explores human nature and relationships. It aspires to be a notable addition to not only the horror genre, but independent cinema in general.

Pre-production began in Fall of 2011. We raised funds on Kickstarter in Spring 2012. Production commenced on January 20, 2013 and wrapped on February 1, 2013. Post-Production wrapped in Fall 2014 & will be released on VOD in 2016. 

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Growing up as a huge horror film fan, I wanted to set my stamp on the genre. Slashers of the 70s, notably work by John Carpenter, initially caught my attention, but Suspense from the likes of Hitchcock and the writers/directors behind the best of The Twilight Zone won my heart and turned my visceral interest into a creative aspiration.

When conceiving the idea behind Summit, I had felt that the genre had been stale for a long time: nothing but unnecessary gore and regurgitated formulas and character tropes. I wanted to play with that formula, comment on it and particularly the characters within it, and bring something new to it at the same time. With my truly indie spirit, unique perspective, and affinity for characters, dialogue and subtext, I felt that I could bring not only a fresh style that plays with tension and slow-pacing, but also an emotional depth that could reach viewers beyond the confines of the genre.

The Team

Lauren A. Kennedy,
Rob Ceriello,
Emma Barret,
Ricardo Manigat,
Ryan Kramer

Writer, Director, Producer:
Christina Raia

John L Murphy

Editor & AD
Matt Gershowitz

Full crew & cast list on IMDb.

Screenings & Awards

2015 Manhattan Film Festival - *Winner Best Horror Film

2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror FF) - *Winner Best Director

2015 Scare-A-Con Film Festival

2015 Unreal Film Festival (Invitational, out-of-competition)

2016 Macabre Faire Film Festival - *Winner Best Sound, Nominated Best Feature, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor


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