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Don't Leave Home

A Film By Michael Tully

An American artist’s obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story’s origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland.

Michael Tully


Anna Margaret Hollyman


David McSavage



Chinese investors visit the set of Don’t Leave Home in Ireland


In 1986, a terrible mystery occurs in Ireland. A young priest is commissioned by a local farmer and his wife to paint their young daughter. Soon after the painting is finished, the young girl disappears from both her home and even from the painting itself. The shaken priest is so upset by what happened to the subject of his painting that he leaves the clergy and completely drops out of the public eye himself. Flash forward to 30 years later–an American artist, through a series of events, meets the reclusive priest at the crumbling estate he has been hiding out in and is herself drawn into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the previous missing Irish girl from the painting. The artist then finds her life in danger and ultimately, the shocking truth is revealed as to what happened to the Irish girl as well as other missing people.

Director Statement

True terror is hidden: it slowly reveals itself, rising from within. Unfortunately, modern horror movies have bludgeoned audiences to death with their tired overdependence on senseless graphic violence and pointlessly nihilistic worldviews. Not only are they unimaginative—they aren’t scary. Don’t Leave Home is my attempt to return the genre to a genuinely unsettling place, where psychology and the subconscious are the real boogeymen. By taking an artistic approach and blurring the line between consciousness and unconsciousness, between dreams and reality, my goal is to deliver an arresting motion picture that won’t sacrifice intelligence for visceral impact, nor abandon art for entertainment’s sake. – Michael Tully


MICHAEL TULLY (writer/director) — After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, world premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His follow-up, Silver Jew, world premiered at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. Ping Pong Summer world premiered at Sundance ’14; it was picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures.

JEFF ALLARD (producer) — Jeffrey Allard is President and founder of Indie Entertainment, a San Francisco based film finance and production company formed in 2002. Along with Transformers director Michael Bay, Jeff produced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, one of the top grossing independent films of 2003, with over $100 million in box office sales and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which was released worldwide by New Line Cinema in 2006, grossing over $50 million.

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...a story in which religion, urban legend, dreams and surreal waking nightmares collide in a landscape both beautiful and unsettling.