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'Haunt' Horror Film Shooting In Covington

Katie Stevens

"Haunt," a Halloween-themed horror film, is shooting in Covington, part of its five-week production schedule in Northern Kentucky, Film Cincinnati has announced.

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods ("The Bride Wore Blood," "A Quiet Place") are directing from their script about a group of friends who encounter an extreme haunted house on Halloween "that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real," according to

The film stars Katie Stevens, a former "American Idol" contestant who has appeared in Freeform's "The Bold Type" and MTV's "Faking It," according to the International Movie Database.

The cast includes Andrew Caldwell ("iZombie," "Good Luck Charlie"), Shazi Raja ("Salvation"), Lauryn Alisa McClain ("A.N.T. Farm," "Daddy's Little Girls"), Will Brittain ("Kong: Skull Island") and Schuyler Helford ("Anger Management").

It’s the second motion picture in production here. "Donnybrook," with Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley and Jamies Badge Dale, started filming Monday, Oct. 23.

From the Film Cincinnati announcement:

" 'HAUNT' is just the latest motion picture to take advantage of the tax incentives offered to moviemakers in Ohio and Kentucky," said Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director. "We are excited to welcome another production company to the region that can use the resources available to filmmakers here. We are especially thrilled to see the impact directly in Northern Kentucky."

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.