Since they were boys growing up in Bettendorf, devouring Stephen King novels and vintage chillers, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods have loved thrillers and horror films. With “A Quiet Place,” the two created a screenplay for a classic of their own.
And this week, they take it to a new level.

“Haunt” is the latest major studio film from the duo, and the first they’ve written AND directed. It also stars a Quad-Cities actor with whom they’re quite familiar – Justin Marxen, with whom they’ve worked for close to two decades going back to their time in the Quads.

Most of Marxen’s role and backstory of the character are being kept under wraps, so as to not spoil the film, which has been getting terrific reviews at various film fests.

As broken first on QuadCities.com, the film is set on Halloween, and is about a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house which promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

The movie had its debut at the Popcorn Frights Festival in Florida Aug. 18.

To check out the trailer preview, see our previous story.

For more info on “Haunt” and Beck and Woods, keep your eyes on www.quadcities.com for the next two weeks!

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.