“Based on a true story” is a headline that makes must of us roll our eyes whenever it pops up in a horror movie trailer, but Armenian Haunting is a scare of a different sort. Though it’s a fictional ghost story at its heart, it uses a real horrific tragedy as its foundation: the Armenian Genocide. It sees release today thanks to Reel Nightmare Films.
An Armenian-American journalist turns into an unwilling ghost hunter while researching the sudden deaths in her family and their connection to a paranormal mystery.
The film was written and directed by Art Arutyunyan, who had a personal motivation in its creation: “I was inspired by my father, who’s a passionate Armenian and who has been telling me stories about the Genocide since I was a child. I believe that the subject of the Armenian Genocide needs to be covered in a variety of genres: dramas, horror, series, animation and others; so we chose the paranormal horror genre for our film. [The Armenian Genocide] is a history lesson that has been largely denied, so we are reaching out to the public in an unconventional way to bring attention to an event that should never be forgotten.”
Armenian Haunting is out today, but only if you subscribe to Amazon Prime. This will change in the coming weeks as more VOD platforms are added.