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Samhain (film)

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Directed byGabriele Rolland
Produced by
  • Scotty McCoy
  • Amanda Sawayer
  • Shane Opolsky
  • Carl Miller
  • Scott Yagielniskie
Written byScotty McCoy
  • Amanda Sawayer
  • Scotty McCoy
  • Tyler Ebert
  • Scott Yagielniskie
  • Shane Opolsky
  • Brett Harris
  • Sara Cartwright
  • Brenda Sachleben
Music byTaylor Sappe
CinematographyAbby Young
Edited by
  • Shane Bainbridge
  • Taylor Sappe
Gravestone Films
Distributed byMcPress Distribution
Release date
  • October 9, 2020 (2020-10-09) (United States)
Running time
78 Minutes
CountryUnited States

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Samhain is an upcoming American horror comedy directed by Gabriele Rolland and written by Scotty McCoy. The film stars upcoming actors and actresses, including Amanda Sawayer, Scotty McCoy, Tyler Ebert, Scott Yagielniskie, Shane Opolsky, Brett Harris, Sara Cartwright, and Brenda Sachleben in the lead roles, with Richard Fessler, Kanyon Fessler, John Daubert, Kelly Gradwell, and Carl Miller appearing in a supporting capacity. The film is produced by the Gravestone Films executive team, Scotty McCoy, Amanda Sawayer, Shane Opolsky, and Carl Miller, alongside Scott Yagielniskie.

Samhain is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 9, 2020, by McPress Distribution. A sequel has been confirmed by Gravestone Films founder, Scotty McCoy, with the working name as Samhain 2 and is currently in its preproduction stage.


Justin Freed had a mental breakdown on Halloween, which started during the festival of Samhain. He was committed to the Skook Asylum to which he has escaped on the nights leading up to Halloween to come after his daughter he lost years ago, Sami. Sami’s mom, Kathryn, is back in town to help put a stop to Justin’s antics by getting insight about Justin’s past while locked up in the Skook Asylum.

Justin encounters four video game nerds, who go on a mission to protect their “princess” and be real life video game heroes. Justin obtains an alter ego of sorts to which he uses the mannerisms of an evil, yet comedic clown in this horror-comedy to kill anyone and everyone that gets in his way from reuniting himself with his estranged wife and daughter.[1]


  • Amanda Sawayer as Sami Freed, the long lost daughter of Justin Freed.
  • Scotty McCoy as Jordan Hathaway, the "leader" of the video game nerds.
  • Tyler Ebert as Benjy Turner, the newest member of the video game nerds and arch-nemesis of Regina.
  • Scott Yagielniskie as Jason Reese, the jock member of the video game nerds who happens to be the voice of reason within the group.
  • Shane Opolsky as Paul Howard, the tech nerd of the group of nerds.
  • Brett Harris as Justin Freed/Rellik, the estranged father of Sami and husband of Kathryn who was locked up in the asylum years prior and broke out to exact his revenge.
  • Sara Cartwright as Regina Hathaway, the chain smoking mother of Jordan and arch-nemesis of Benjy.
  • Brenda Sachleben as Kathryn Freed, the estranged wife of Justin and the mother of Sami who is trying to find out more about Justin's time that he spent in the asylum.
  • Richard Fessler as Sheriff Chris Long, the sheriff of Frackville, Pennsylvania and father of Jamie.
  • Kanyon Fessler as Jamie Long, the pregnant daughter of Sheriff Long and girlfriend of Cameron.
  • John Daubert as Cameron, the boyfriend of Jamie who is not liked by her father, Sheriff Long.
  • Kelly Gradwell as Cassie, the best friend of Regina and mother of Will.
  • Carl Miller as Will, the minimum wage employed son of Cassie who lives in her basement.
  • Angel Gomez as Lainie Daniels, the pothead girlfriend of Kyle.
  • David Yost as Kyle, the pothead and hothead boyfriend of Lainie.
  • Gage Harris as Jogger, a cocky teenager jogging in his neighborhood.
  • David Furman as Officer Furman, the officer on duty to investigate a murder by Justin in the woods of a local park.
  • Jacob Sachleben as News Reporter, the reporter interviewing Sheriff Long on a breaking news update on the manhunt for Justin.
  • Anthony Blackwell as Radio Newscaster, the newscaster giving the in depth updates on Justin's escape from the asylum.
  • Krystle Kupusnick as Dr. Baker, Justin's doctor while he was locked up in the asylum that Kathryn is trying to meet up with.
  • Sam Bredland as Creepy Kid, a traumatized trick or treater dressed as a vampire who witnesses a death at the hands of Justin.
  • Lily Hale as Scary Girl, a playful trick or treater that is dressed as a clown who is scared by RelliK.
  • Payton Buchanan as Genie Kid, a trick or treater dressed as a genie who is walking alone around Frackville.
  • Madisyn Klemow as Playing Girl, a playful child playing hopscotch outside a random home in her local town.
  • Alex Bredland as Princess Trick or Treat Kid
  • Haven Simmons as Cat Trick or Treat Kid
  • Skylar Turner as Zombie Nurse Trick or Treat Kid
  • Kiarra Didyoung as Human Doll Trick or Treat Kid
  • Shayd Didyoung as Evil Butterfly Trick or Treat Kid
  • Aurelia Birchard as Lion Trick or Treat Kid
  • Mya Daubert as Mummy Trick or Treat Kid
  • Abigail Hale Smith as Angel Trick or Treat Kid
  • Salem Gomez as Bear Trick or Treat Kid
  • Caydance Culley as Witch Trick or Treat Kid 1
  • Amaris Means as Witch Trick or Treat Kid 2



After Samhain's official announcement on filming in a small town in Pennsylvania, an official casting call was released in May 2019 to cast its main stars, supporting cast, and extras.[2]

In June 2019, it was announced via Smells of Blood that Samhain would begin filming on August 10, 2020 with a full synopsis of the film released.[3]


In early-June 2019, Scotty McCoy, Amanda Sawayer, Scott Yagielniskie, and Shane Opolsky were all confirmed to be appearing in a main capacity of Samhain. In mid-June 2019, Gravestone Films' official Facebook page had announced the official cast for Samhain.[4]


On June 28, 2019, Gravestone Films Chairman, Scotty McCoy, tells Michael Lopez of Smells of Blood that filming for Samhain will be taking place from August 10, 2019 until October 27, 2019 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.[5]

Additional filming took place in November 11, 2019 and, as reported by Horror Society, wrapped production and announced its theatrical release in October 2020.[6]


Multiple horror-based Websites released a first look into Samhain with production stills on set of filming, including Smells of Blood, Cinemania, and Horror Fan Films.[7][8][9]


Gravestone Films Chairman, Scotty McCoy, and CEO, Amanda Sawayer, appeared live on PA Live! on WBRE-TV to confirm there will be a sequel to Samhain. The sequel title was revealed to be under wraps and will be listed as Samhain 2 until an official announcement is made.[10]

On June 23, 2020, the official Samhain trailer was released worldwide.[11]


  1. Carter, William (2020-06-01). "Horror-Comedy Film Samhain to be Released October 2020". Movie Debuts. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. Jones, Laura (2019-05-15). "Samhain Casting Call - Open Call - Ashland, PA". Explore Talent. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  3. Lopez, Michael (2019-06-28). "Get Ready for 'SAMHAIN': Upcoming Indie Horror from Gravestone Films". Smells of Blood. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  4. Ballinger, Tanya (2019-06-15). "Samhain Cast". Facebook. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  5. Lopez, Michael (2019-06-28). "Get Ready for 'SAMHAIN': Upcoming Indie Horror from Gravestone Films". Smells of Blood. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  6. Micklesavage, Blacktooth (2019-11-21). "SAMHAIN – New Horror Film Just Wrapped Production And Will Be Coming To Select Theaters October 2020". Horror Society. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  7. Lopez, Michael (2020-02-11). "First Look: 'Samhain' from Gravestone Films (Photos)". Smells of Blood. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  8. Maniac, Mickael (2020-03-23). "Sneak Peak into indie film "SAMHAIN" (Photos)". Cinemania. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  9. Van Cise, Jeremy (2020-03-23). "Sneak peek at Indie Horror Comedy 'SAMHAIN'". Horror Fan Films. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  10. Kucewicz, Ryan (2020-03-02). "PAlive! Gravestone Films March 2, 2020". PA Homepage. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  11. Lopez, Michael (2020-06-24). "Gravestone Films Releases Official 'SAMHAIN' Trailer". Smells of Blood. Retrieved 2020-06-24.

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