Title: THE PAINTING
Director: ROBERT ROTHBARD
Screenplay: ROBERT ROTHBARD, SALLY LAMB
Starring: ROBERT HOMER MOLLOHAN, JOE DALO, HENRY HEREFORD, CALEB LANE
UK Release Date: TBC
Edward Alfonso Lexington (Robert Homer Mollohan), son of the late, British impressionist Alfonso Lexington, lives in a grand, gothic, hillside mansion in California. He lives with his mother, DRINA who suffers from a psychiatric disorder and Aytas, the family butler.
Edward has studied and flunked out of the finest art schools in the world. He too, suffers from a mental disorder after seeing his father die suddenly while completing a painting for Edward on his tenth birthday. Edward loved his father, and wanted nothing more than to be a master painter, like him. But he cannot erase the horror of seeing his father collapse; he associates painting with pain and death and finds it impossible to follow in his father’s legacy.
Needing to support the life style, he realises he can lure undiscovered artists to his home to paint for him. He pays them a stipend, but after a few paintings they become disillusioned realizing Edward is signing the paintings and claiming the art as his own.
On the prowl he finds Marie Lavaux, a practicing voodoo/artist. Marie makes herself at home outside in Edward's garden and begins her voodoo ceremonies, unearthing the bodies of past artists and casting a spell on Edward. Edward watches as his 'self-portrait' turns into a monster before his eyes.
The curse sets the horror in motion as Edward’s madness takes a toll on what little sanity remains and his dark secret is exposed.
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