By Sophia Ricco
The myths of Mount Misery road are making their film debut in an independent thriller based on the history and legends of West Hills’ woods.
Generations can recall hearing stories of a Hellhound, Mothman and an asylum patient named Mary stalking through the woods at night. Some have even braved journeying the woods themselves.
“Amityville: Mt. Misery Road” has all the frightening elements to raise goosebumps and leave audiences cringing. But this horror flick is based on history.
“I grew up in this area and had always heard about Mount Misery Road,” Chuck Morrongiello said. “The other day, we were at a local get-together and heard grandparents talking about it. Then their kids discussed it and even their grandchildren knew about it.”
In the film, the Morrongiello and his wife Karolina play the parts of Floridian ghost-enthusiasts Charlie and Buzi who are intrigued when a friend captures images of floating orbs. Eager to get spooked, they venture into the woods and find much more than they anticipated.
“It was called a ‘love romp’,” Chuck said. “It’s a romp of a couple that’s just in love, we’re happy, shiny, and full of this energy. And we don’t really what about what’s going happen.”
Filmed on location with the woods providing an eerie backdrop, “the movie is gloomy, dark, and it feels spooky,” Karolina said. “It’s fiction, but the road and there being legends about it are true.”
“We’re excited about this movie, we think it’s gonna be a homerun,” Chuck said. “We got a great distributor behind us.”
“Amityville: Mt. Misery Road” will be released nationwide by ITN Film Distribution on May 7, available on DVD at Walmart.