A Haunting in Cawdor

Synopsis: Vivian Miller is serving out her jail sentence at a work release program in the Midwest. Her final 90 day sentence takes her to the Cawdor Barn Theatre, a dilapidated old structure run by Lawrence O'Neil, a troubled man raging at the mistakes of his past. After Vivian views an old VHS tape of what looks like a murder being recorded, she sets out to unravel this horrific crime before she becomes the next victim of the supernatural forces inhabiting the haunted structure.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): Phil Wurtzel
Production: Friel Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min



[Bus Driver] Last stop, Cawdor.

(bus engine running)

(train horn blowing)

(wind howling)

[First Witch] Beware the man

that swings from the rafters!

[Second Witch] Beware

the man that swings.

[Third Witch] Beware!

[First Witch] Who never

lets go, can't let go, beware!

(eerie music)

[Vivian] Have

you been here long?

Not really.

Maybe awhile, I'm not sure.

Feels like I've

been here forever,

my ride will be

here soon though.

Where are you going?

Not far, the

Cawdor Barn Theater.

I love the theater.

Something really special

about it, don't you think?

I've never been to the theater,

it's just something

that I have to do.

You'll like it.

Oh, my ride really

needs to hurry up,

I'm tired of waiting.

I'm tired of waiting.


Hey, are you okay?

(cans clanging)

[Roddy] Morning, Miss!

Good day for

collecting cans, huh?

You just get off the bus?

Uh yeah, yeah.

All right, well

welcome to Cawdor.

Nice having you in town,

you visiting friends?

No, working, at

The Barn Theater?

Oh, The Barn Theater,

that's such a great place.

It's been here as long

as I can remember.

But, you know, I

always stop in there

and say hi, they really like me.

You know what, I'll

come by and visit you.

Who are you?

I'm Roddy.


You going home after?


Nope, no, there is no home.

(car honking)

Oh, that's my ride.

See ya later, Vivian.

Wait, Roddy, did you

see where that girl...


Vivian, I am so

sorry, I am so behind.

(wind howling)

(soft piano music)

When the night speaks

far in the corridor

Asleep, the wind,

lullaby baby dear

Here in the dark, this lullaby

La la la, la la la

(song distorts and fades)

(blows whistle)

Everybody, tighten it up!

Eyes front, roll call!

You hear your name, I

wanna hear a yes sir!

Lance Cole.

Yes, sir.

[Charles] Brian Daly.


I said I wanna hear a yes sir,

you get it right!

Yes, sir.

Gary Baines.

Yes, sir.

Michael Cross.

Yes, sir!

Neil Stams.


Tina Bailey.

Yes, sir.

Mackenzie Cane.

Yes, sir!

Teri Welles.

Yes, sir.

Lisa LaFontaine.

Yes, sir.

Vivian Miller.

Yes, sir.

Okay, I wanna introduce you to

the Camp Coordinator and

Theater Owner, Mr.

Lawrence O'Neil.

Thank you, Chuck.

Welcome to The Barn Theater.

Because you've

earned enough points

for good behavior from the camps

you were are, we

were able to strike

a deal with your

Probation Officers

for you to complete

your phase three

work release program here.

Now as you've probably surmised,

this place is not

like any other camp.

In fact, we don't even

like to call it a camp.

The State does mandate

that we run it like one.

I won't lie to you,

there's tough chores ahead,

and you will need

to continue your

GED studies while

under our supervision.

In between, we will put on

a stage play for the locals

which falls under the category

of behavioral therapy.

Now it's a special

year, an anniversary.

After 20 long years,

we're gonna do

a play that's close to my heart.

Superstition says

that we never say

its name in the

theater, instead,

we refer to it as

The Scottish Play.

Participation is mandatory,

and you will get to

perform dual roles as well

as rotate backstage duties.

A word about security.

I want you to look around you.

Go ahead, look.

As you can see, there

are no fences here.

No barbed wire, no watchtower.

That's because

they're not necessary.

We're over 20 miles

from the nearest town,

you will be caught,

so put the idea

of escape out of your minds.

Our staff, Mr. Kosack will be in

charge of your work duties,

Mr. Seals, head of

our studies, and

I of course run the

theater program.

Make the most of your time here

and it will pass quickly.

Mr. Kosack will now give

you your orientation.

Thank you, Chuck.

[Charles] What, Brian?

I've never really acted before.

I'll chip in here,

fundraise or something,

I could maybe sell some weed.

It's kinda how I

came to be here.

I'll bet you're a fine actor.

Sh*t, you've been acting like a

f***ing a**hole for

a long time, right?

Unlike the courts, we don't do a

three strikes and

you're out around here.

One rule violation

and you're gone.

The judge will double your time.

You will be behind

bars until the

snow flies next

Christmas, any questions?


Seriously, I'm no actress,

so what am I supposed to do?

Well, you can address

me as Sir, little girl,

and when it comes

time for the play

you can stand in the back

and be a f***ing tree.

I don't really care.

Meantime, you can

clean the shitters.

Now let me be perfectly clear.

I can't make you do anything

you don't want to do,

but I can make you wish you had.

Trust me.

Let's go!

(dramatic music)

Welcome to your new home

for the next three months.

By day, it's a working

scene shop for set building,

we got your paint

room, my tools which

will be locked up,

and by night you

got your sleeping quarters.

Big curtain on the

ceiling comes down

every night for

a little privacy.

Men over there,

women on this side.


It's gonna get

cold pretty soon,

you got any heaters

to keep it warm?

We got some space heaters

if it gets too cold.

Some barn fans

for some air flow.

Up at 6 AM for roll

call, calisthenics,

breakfast, and then

the fun begins.

Paintings, grounds striders,


set building, and

rehearsals for Macbeth.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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