BEST WORST MOVIE Director Michael Stephenson’s Next Documentary About Homemade Haunted Houses

     August 17, 2011


One of my favorite documentaries of 2009 was director Michael Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie. I find it funny, interesting, heartbreaking, and life-affirming all at once and, as a result, it’s one of the few docs that I find myself going back to again and again. With this anecdote in mind, we have received a press release today announcing that Stephenson will once again get behind the camera to direct an untitled feature documentary about homemade haunted houses and the people who love to create them. Growing up in the Midwest, I can remember patronizing a few homemade haunted houses in my day. That said, I love this concept as I can attest that the people who dedicate their time and resources to this endeavor are definitely characters all their own.

Per the press release, Stephenson will direct and produce the film alongside his wife Lindsay under their Magic Stone Productions banner. Meyer Shwarzstein of Brainstorm Media will co-produce the pic for NBC Universal while Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson will act in a writer and associate producer capacity. You may remember Carlson’s name from our February report that he and Stephenson would team-up for the dark comedy Destroy. For a little more on this latest project, hit the jump for the full press release. Also, if you or someone you know is interested in being a part of the film, you can submit your story for consideration at the film’s official website.

Here’s the full press release:

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 17, 2011 – Magic Stone Productions and Brainstorm Media announced today that they have signed a deal to produce an Untitled Haunted House feature documentary for an NBCUniversal cable network. The production is currently accepting submissions for documentary cast here —

October 31 has been the target for mischief, monsters and – above all – FUN. This dedication to Halloween mayhem isn’t just carried out by costumed children and prank-crazed teens. The feature documentary will provide a fun and intimate look into the lives of devoted adults who go to fantastic and frightening lengths to create the ultimate homemade haunted house.

Magic Stone Productions is searching for passionate Halloween die-hards who live to scare through creating amateur haunts and would like to share their creations with the world. Casting and submission information can be found by visiting

The Untitled Haunted House feature documentary is being produced by Meyer Shwarzstein of Brainstorm Media alongside Michael Stephenson and Lindsay Stephenson under their Magic Stone Productions banner. Long-time Magic Stone collaborators, Andrew Matthews, Katie Graham and Brad Klopman are also tapped for integral roles in the production. Screenwriter and Alamo Drafthouse film programmer Zack Carlson recently joined the Magic Stone team as a writer and associate producer. Michael Stephenson will direct.


Magic Stone Productions

Magic Stone Productions, based in Los Angeles, is an award-winning film and TV production company co-founded by husband-and-wife duo Michael and Lindsay Stephenson. The Company recently produced the critically acclaimed feature documentary Best Worst Movie. Upcoming productions include Destroy, a fast-paced dark comedy written by Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly, directed by Michael Stephenson alongside producers Lindsay Stephenson and Jennifer Roth (Black SwanThe WrestlerThe Details) and Zero Charisma, an independent comedy directed by Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham. To learn more visit

Brainstorm Media

Brainstorm Media is the leading independent aggregator of feature films for Video on Demand and television in the United States. The company has an extensive library with recent films including The Joneses, Best Worst Movie and Scar 3D, the first film made available on VOD stereoscopically.  Past and current clients include Lionsgate, Blockbuster, BMG, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Magnolia Pictures, Roadside Attractions and more. The company also develops and produces feature films, documentaries and series. Brainstorm is currently in production on A Liar’s Autobiography, a 3D animated feature film based on the memoir of the late Monty Python member, Graham Chapman. For more information please visit

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