Rexford Thaddeus, 1944FAQ

WHAT IS HOUSE OF THADDEUS?
It's an independent feature film made in Illinois.


WHO IS INVOLVED?
House of Thaddeus was produced and written by Mike Boedicker and Bill Kephart through Roselawn Productions Ltd., with Boedicker directing and editing.  They previously collaborated on Revolting, an award-winning 2010 feature tragicomedy.  The principal actors and crew are: 

Claire: Joi Hoffsommer
Tom: Bill Kephart
Prescott: Gary Gardner
Lily: Barbara Evans
Jacy: Julia Megan Sullivan

Director of Photography: Johnny Robinson
Sound Recordist: Victor Miely

Additional credits on Internet Movie Database.


WHAT'S THE GENRE?
The movie straddles several genres.  It's not a horror film in the expected sense; rather, it's a drama about the reality of living in a house with a dark past.  The story also contains elements of psychological thriller, and even a bit of comedy.  The film is a unique take on an overdone trope -- the haunted house genre.


First day of filming, 10/1/11WHEN AND WHERE CAN I SEE IT?
The film premiered August 18, 2013 at the Art Theater in Champaign, IL.  Additional public screenings will follow in East Central Illinois and at film festivals.  The film has been released on DVD, Blu-ray and online.


WHEN AND WHERE DID FILMING TAKE PLACE?
The shooting schedule was primarily Fall 2011 through Winter 2012 in Danville, Illinois, with some additional shooting in Spring 2012.  Most of the film was shot on location in the "House of Thaddeus" in Danville, with other scenes filmed elsewhere in Danville and Champaign, IL.  Editing began in May 2012, with a screening of the rough cut for cast and crew four months later.  The final cut (including special effects, scoring, mixing, and grading) took almost another year.


House of Thaddeus posterWHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR THE MOVIE?
The story came about for a pretty prosaic reason: we had free access to a beautiful old house and the desire to build a feature film around it.  The house was owned by Gary Gardner, who plays Prescott in the movie and who generously offered it for the film’s main set.  Sadly, Gary died in June 2013, and the film is dedicated to him.  Details about how the story emerged can be found in the Director's Statement (page 3) of our .pdf Electronic Press Kit.


WHAT ABOUT MUSIC?
The film uses an original score composed and performed by John Toenjes of the University of Illinois, as well as existing classical music by Debussy and Chopin, and even a piece by J.S. Bach performed on player piano (seen and heard in the trailer).


I JUST WATCHED THE FILM AND AM NOT SURE I UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THADDEUS AND THE MURDERS
Check out the "History of House" section of our Extras page.  In particular, read the full (fake) Wikipedia article we created; it includes the entire history of the house, its occupants, and their relationships -- details that didn't make it into the final film but guided its creation.


WHAT IS THE FILM RATED?
The film is not rated.  It contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences.