Unwelcome is a 2022 British home invasion horror film about a young couple fending off a gang of malevolent goblins. Previously known as The Little People.
Directed by Jon Wright (Robot Overlords; Grabbers; Tormented) from a screenplay written with Mark Stay. Produced by Piers Tempest and Peter Touche.
The Tempo Productions-Cornerstone Films-Ingenious Media movie stars Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man And The Wasp), Niamh Cusack, Douglas Booth, Colm Meaney and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.
The prosthetics by handled Shaune Harrison (Harry Potter films, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Avengers: Age of Ultron while the creature designs were created by Paul Catling (Maleficent; Thor; Fantastic Beasts).
Londoners Maya (Hannah John-Kamen) and Jamie (Douglas Booth) escape their urban nightmare to the tranquillity of rural Ireland only to discover malevolent, murderous goblins lurking in the gnarled, ancient wood at the foot of their new garden.
When heavily pregnant Maya’s relationship with a local family turns sour, who – or what – will come to her rescue and what extremes will she go to to protect her unborn child?
Although the vicious Little People are being described as goblins they are actually based on local faeries known as “far darrig” which director Jon Wright explains are “related to gnomes and leprechauns, but are sort of like the black sheep of the family.”
Touted as ‘Gremlins meets Straw Dogs‘, the creature feature movie will use prosthetic effects rather than CGI. Five-foot actors wearing masks (created by Harry Potter FX wizard Shaune Harrison) will be filmed in a giant set to make them appear small. VFX will then be used to animate the mini monsters in post-production.
Jon Wright elaborates: “When I look back at these old creature features, you don’t really believe that the things are real. They’re great movies, but the effects definitely haven’t stood the test of time. And when I see the modern CG versions of goblins or elves or whatever, I don’t quite believe them either.”
Another element that Wright and co-writer Mark Stay have considered in detail is the methods by which the murderous Little People are offed. “We basically wrote a shopping list of death,” he explained, adding that they went around a house thinking of how everyday items could be used to kill two-foot-tall evil creatures. Laughing, he says: “And you’ll be amazed. I mean, you never see a deck chair as a murder weapon.”
Worldwide sales are being handled by Cornerstone Films.
Confirmed cast and characters:
Hannah John-Kamen … Maya
Niamh Cusack … Maeve
Douglas Booth … Jamie
Colm Meaney … Whelan
Rick Warden … Redcap Chief
Bradley Turner …
We originally posted about Unwelcome on June 24, 2020, when it was known as The Little People.