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The Unwilling

The Unwilling by Oscar nominee Jonathan Heap

Evil is inside

6 family members gather for the reading of a will. It comes with a mysterious box. Who will leave alive?

Starring David Lipper, Dina Meyer, Levy Tran, Austin Highsmith, Jake Thomas, Robert Rusler, Bree Williamson and  Lance Henrickson.  

USA 82 minutes I Supernatural Horror Thriller  I Sales by Vision Films I Festivals contact I Trailer I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Youtube I Soundtrack by Stephen Melillo I


Blackout Film Festival  Best picture, best director
Oregon Film Awards  Best narrative feature
Film Playoff Tournament Best film, best director, best actor David Lipper
Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy Best Effects 
The Indie Horror Film Festival Best actress Dina Meyer, best story
Houston WorldFest Gold Remi Award
Silver Scream Festival  Best horror feature                       
High Desert International Film Fest Best Feature Film
IIPMF Ancona Best CGI Best Supporting Actor Lance Henriksen and Best Horror Feature 
Hot Springs Horror Film Festival Best Horror Feature Film
Edmonton Festival of Fear Best Actor David Lipper
Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival Best Horror Feature Film
The British Horror Film Festival Best Supporting Actor for Lance Henricksen  
Tabloid Witch Awards Best Visual Effects


The Unwilling wins another one at The High Desert International Film Festival

Now in our 11th season of the High Desert International Film Festival and, from the start, the focus has always been on supporting a sense of community. During our humble beginnings, we engaged our hometown community in competitions that would help us name the festival; and create the art that would become our award.  This competitive spirit continues in an annual competition to create the poster art that will be the public face of the festival each year. Our local high scho...

The Unwilling plays and wins Gold at Houston Worldfest

Gold Remi Award went to The Unwilling - Gianluca Bertone holds his trophy. Festival Director and Founder in front of our Poster. Massive posting at Marriott filmmakers Head Quarters! Day four of WorldFest-Houston!  ...

Monsterpalooza Convention Horrifies Los Angeles by "The Unwilling" Philip David Morton

Article by Philip David Morton, first published on Huffingtonpost, where he is a contributor. He produced the Unwilling.             PHILIP MORTON The thriller THE UNWILLING Producers, Jim Johnston, director Jonathan Heap, Julia Verdin, Philip Morton Monsterpalooza, the annual horror fan convention for horror-geeks, ...

The Unwilling wins best effects at Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy

Hi David and the team behind The Unwilling! Congratulations on winning Best Effects at the 2017 Toronto International Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (- TISH)! Here are the official laurels for your film’s win. Feel free to use them anyway you want or modify them to better suit your designs. It was also pleasure meeting David Stump and getting to do a Q&A with him. Thank you very much for getting us in touch! In addition to the laurels, we also gave out st...

The Unwilling meets its fans at Monsterpalooza

After the screening of The Unwilling opening Monsterpalooza cast Q&A   what a great night!   Our cast signing swag at MONSTERPALOOZA for our movie! The Unwilling Director Jonathan Heap, at MONSTERPALOOZAwhere The Unwilling premiered. ...

Big Night for the Unwilling with two screening: opening two events on April 7

The Unwilling will play April 7 at Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy Monsterpalooza April 7 – 9, 2017 Email I 800 Lansdowne Avenue  Unit 604 Toronto, ON M6H 4K3 Canada I Website I Facebook I Twitter Organizers Lari Teras FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Jon Lewis FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy was created to give people of Toronto access to quality genre films ...

The Unwilling selected in competition at White Nights Film Festival Russia

Contacts: Email I 7(905)387.33.05 I Str. Leo Tolstoy 9 Оffice 15 St. Petersburg, Leningrad region 197101 Russian Federation i Website I Facebook I Twitter I Organizers Natalya Lyubodeeva DIRECTOR   "White Nights Film Festival" in St. Petersburg is designed to give the opportunity to filmmakers from around the world to show their work at our festival. Special attention will be paid to students'...

The Unwilling selected to win a Remy Award at Houston WorldFest April 21st-30th, 2017

 April 21st-30th, 2017 Email I +1 713-965-9955 I 9898 Bissonnet Ste #650 Houston, TX 77036  United States I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Instagram Venue The AMC Studio 30 Dunvale Theaters - 4 large screens! Organizers Hunter Todd CHAIRMAN & FOUNDING DIRECTOR Kathleen Haney PROGRAM AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Kelly Mann ENTRY DIRECTOR Jiang Ray & Qi Dan PANORAMA CHIN...

The Unwilling selected to screen at Monsterpalooza April 7 2017 with a panel

Celebrating the Art of Monsters and Movie Magic with MONSTERPALOOZA this April 7-9, 2017 as it STOMPS into all 100,000 sq. ft. of The Pasadena Convention Center!   Since it's inaugural event in 2009, MONSTERPALOOZA has become internationally known as the place to be for fans and professionals of film, makeup, special effects, collectible toys, art and monsters! Meet the award winning masterminds behind some of the greatest creatures ever created for feature films, television ...

The Unwilling selected to Annual Copenhagen Film Festival February 24 – 25, 2018

Thank you to the Annual Copenhagen Film Festival for selecting #TheUnwilling #Horror Feature in their international competition.   Email I Rådhusstræde 13  København K 1466 Denmark I Website I Facebook     Huset-KBH Organizers Henrik Friis FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Mathilde Friis FESTIVAL ASSISTANT Ajitesh Sharma ASSISTANT...

The Unwilling selected at The Indie Horror Film Festival April 20 – 22, 2018

    April 20 – 22, 2018 Email I +1 815-901-1504 I IL United States I Website I Facebook I Twitter Venue   Landmark Cinemas Organizers Willy Adkins FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Wolf McKinney FESTIVAL PRODUCER The Indie Horror Film Festival is an independent film festival. We strive to support independent film, and work to get the filmmakers more notice, and to get i...

The Unwilling selected for The Transylvania Cinema Awards August 25 – 27, 2017

    August 25 – 27, 2017 Transylvania Cinema Awards is a film competition with two seasonal events, reuniting cinema enthousiasts in the heart of Transylvania, Romania. The goal is to design a space where innovation and creativity fusion in order to deliver the best result to a new public. We create an opportunity for filmmakers to get their films judged and let them compete with other filmmakers. We perform a comprehensive evaluation process and the jury of film prof...

The Unwilling selected for The Maryland Film Festival March 31 – April 2, 2017

    March 31 – April 2, 2017 Email I +1 916-712-2781 I 36 South Potomac Street Suite 201 Hagerstown, MD 21740 United States I Website I Facebook I Twitter Tracie Hovey FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Welcome, filmmakers, to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. We are excited about our 6th year coming up on March 31 - April 2. For 6 years, we've been bringing in the finest films fr...

The Unwilling Selected to open Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy

April 7 – 9, 2017 Email I 800 Lansdowne Avenue  Unit 604 Toronto, ON M6H 4K3 Canada I Website I Facebook I Twitter Organizers Lari Teras FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Jon Lewis FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy was created to give people of Toronto access to quality genre films throughout the year. Our aim is to showcase the best genre films from around the World fro...

The Unwilling selected at IIPMF Festival in Ancona

    The Unwilling is now in the Official Selection of IIPM FESTIVAL.  June 8 – 11, 2017   Email Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Venue Movieland Goldoni Organizers Michael Segal FESTIVAL FOUNDER & CEO Roberta Graziosi FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Simone Piresti CREATIVE DIRECTOR   ...

Early wins on the festival circuit for The Unwilling

Best narrative feature Oregon Film Awards; Best feature film, horror, best director Blackout film festival, best film, best director International Film Playoff Tournament Best feature film, horror, best director Blackout film festival Best film, best director International Film Playoff Tournament   ...

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Cast and Crew from The Unwilling

David Lipper David Lipper starred in his first TV series (Time Of Your Life/CTV) as a teenager as the key villain in the Canadian show, which ran for 150 episodes. He managed to still graduate on-time with a BFA in Musical Theater from Emerson College in Boston in 1991. Immediately following, David landed in Los Angeles, where he was testing for his first sitcom pilot (Step By Step) within weeks. David quickly signed with famed youth centered talent agent, Bonnie Liedtke and w...

Vision Films picked The Unwilling for worldwide Sales

Founded in 1997 and based in Sherman Oaks, California, Vision Films is an independent Worldwide Distributor and VOD Aggregator of over 500 Feature Films, 500 Documentaries and 100 different Music Programs from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Vision’s sales force manages all available rights from Theatrical, Video/DVD/Bluray, Television and VOD/Digital Media in both the International and Domestic marketplaces. In early 2013, Vision Films expanded into ...

The Unwilling synopsis

Levy Tran and  Lance Henriksen David Harris is normal in almost every way, but has to fight through a crippling obsessive compulsive disorder, brought on by his abusive father during his childhood. His OCD forces him to repeat movements and phrases and confines him to the safety of his home. Following his father’s death, David’ s estranged relatives arrive to hear the reading of the will in anticipation for their piece of the fortune.  They are surprised by the delivery o...


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