Synopsis: A Savannah Haunting centers around a family who moves to Savannah, Georgia to escape the memory of their young daughter’s tragic drowning. Once in their new home, the mother begins to experience chilling phenomena that lead her to believe she is being haunted by her dead daughter. But an old, African American voodoo priestess with ties to the home’s slavery past warns there may be darker, more sinister forces dwelling beneath the house. The family is torn apart as the haunting turns each of them against the other. Will they discover what is inside their home before it’s too late?
Dean J. West (Eric Rancourt)
Tommi Rose (Lilath)
Simbi Kali (Josephine)
Anna Harriette Pittman (April Rancourt)
Because A Savannah Haunting is based on the experiences me and my family endured in my house, I knew I had to direct the film. No one else could capture the truth of the terror as much as someone who lived through it. Because my home, in many ways, acts as a character in the film and has such a unique architectural style, I chose to use my actual house as the setting for the film.
We were one of the first films in the country to shoot during the Covid pandemic. Although the protocols we had to follow were extraordinarily difficult, our team pulled together to help ensure no one working on our film contracted the virus.
As an actor myself, I get immense joy from working with actors to create powerful, compelling, truthful performances. From the leads to the day players, our cast was phenomenal. Even working under intense conditions, they brought such creative energy and a willingness to play and explore. Watching the characters I had created on the page come to life in such a powerful way in front of the camera was unbelievably satisfying.
Everyone from our cinematographer to our PAs worked tirelessly to get our film completed. With a tight budget and limited hours for filming due to the Covid protocols, it was not easy making A Savannah Haunting. But the hard work and creativity of our crew allowed us to not only finish the film, but to create something that we are all proud of.
From the moment I first wrote the script, I always wanted to make a horror film that felt real and reflected the experiences people truly endure in a haunting. I believe we accomplished that with A Savannah Haunting.
William Mark McCullough grew up in Savannah, Georgia. After earning a political science and theater degree from Mercer University followed by a law degree from American University, William Mark McCullough worked in politics on Capitol Hill before transitioning to film and television. Mark now works as an actor, director, writer and producer.
Mark has been directed by multiple Academy Award winners and acted opposite many stars including Glenn Close in the Ron Howard drama, Hillbilly Elegy; Tom Cruise in the Doug Liman thriller, American Made; Channing Tatum in the Steven Soderbergh comedy, Logan Lucky; Nicolas Cage in the Steven C. Miller crime thriller, Arsenal; and Mahershala Ali in the Gary Ross drama, Free State Of Jones. Mark appeared in recurring guest star roles on the Fox series, LA’s Finest; the Netflix series, Sweet Magnolias; the Fox series, The Gifted and the PBS series, Mercy Street.
Mark and his partner, Alexis Nelson, founded Fort Argyle Films for the purpose of making captivating films and television shows for a wide range of audiences.