HALIFAX – The 2017 Atlantic International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, where over a hundred and twenty films will be screened from around the world.
Michael Melski is a filmmaker from Cape Breton. His newest film is called the child remains, and will be screened as part of the film festival on Friday evening.
Melski tells NEWS 95.7 the horror movie tells the story of a romantic getaway gone wrong.
“It’s a supernatural thriller about an expectant couple who spend an intimate weekend at a country inn,” said Melski. “They discover that the inn used to be a maternity home where unwanted infants and mothers were murdered, sometime starved to death, sometimes buried alive in boxes.”
Melski was inspired by the true story of the Butterbox Babies.
Between the 1920s and 1940s, owners of a maternity home in East Chester would starve babies they deemed unwanted until they died.
Melski says he feels as though Nova Scotia is still haunted by what happened there.