Morbus Opus draws heavy inspiration from an in-game novel from the video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The novel in question talks about a village that is terrorized by a plague of vampires, and a lone hero consults with a local mentor to learn the key to defeating these monsters. Morbus Opus use this story as a basic template and manipulates the world and characters to create an original story very different from the content from which it was inspired.
Tonally, the film conveys themes of suspense and anxiety seen in many other successful films and television such as The VVitch, while also drawing some tonal inspirations from The Young Pope, Doubt, Dracula, Van Helsing, The Crucible, and Castlevania. It was decided early on that the setting would take place primarily in Father Henry’s church. The film wants to make clear that while Graham is coming in hopes of receiving aid from his friend and leader, he is still very much operating outside of his own level of comfort.
Morbus Opus was filmed on a light budget in multiple locations around Kansas City. The project pulled artists of all kind from the local community, and was created with assistance from the Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City. Insofar, Morbus Opus has played at film festivals nationally and has been screened internationally. It has also helped establish Stacked Deck Studios as a strong entity in Midwest indie film, paving the way for another film that the studio has currently in post-production, titled “Dark Traces” as well as two more films confirmed for primary shooting to begin in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, respectively.
Right now, Morbus Opus is still being played throughout the film festival circuit and is only available to be seen at these events; but a public streaming platform release of the film is anticipated for late Summer 2018. If you’d like to stay up to date with Morbus Opus and other films from Stacked Deck Studios, follow the company’s pages on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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