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Ohio Urban Legend GORE ORPHANAGE Trailer First Look

The first trailer for Horror Society’s most anticipated film of 2015 was released this week. Based on the most popular urban legend in the state of Ohio, Gore Orphanage was filmed in the summer of 2014.


The film stars Maria Olsen (Percy Jackson/Paranormal Activity 3/Starry Eyes), Internet Tycoon Bill Townsend, Keri Maletto (Home Shopping Network) and introduces a trio of amazing child actors Emma Leigh Smith, Nora Hoyle and Brandon Mangin Jr.

The film is a female-centered horror story directed by Emily Lapisardi in her directorial debut. Filmed in 2014 in Scottdale, PA, the story is set in the 1930’s and follows the life of Nellie, an orphan, who is brought to Gore Orphanage and discovers quickly that some things are worse than losing your family.

This is the fifth film produced by veteran independent producer Cody Knotts (Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies) and was filmed in Scottdale, PA with a cast of over 20 local children in addition to the actors listed above.   Knotts has worked with such horror icons as Doug Bradley and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in the past.

The film was a husband and wife collaboration of Mr. Knotts and Ms. Lapisardi. Mr. Knotts wrote the film to impress his then fiancée, who was inspired by a road sign in Ohio during travel for Knotts’ film Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies.


The following individuals are available for interview: Producer Cody Knotts, Director Emily Lapisardi, Actors: Maria Olsen, Bill Townsend, Keri Maletto, Emma Leigh Smith, Nora Hoyle, and Brandon Mangin Jr.


  1. Do you know this to be the real story of Gore Orphanage????? Well its not…I have visited there over 15 times and spoke to one man hoe family member was a survivor. Do you know this to be the true story????……where did you do your research??? I’d be very interested to know. Thank you cuz you all are wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MJ Morgan, you are SOOOO right! This movie is a travesty! I stated the same thing on their social media page about doing research & got blocked! They say their movie is “Historical Fiction,” but historical fiction is based on a time line, of which they even have that wrong. NO BASIS OR FACTS to this movie AT ALL!

    • It is a true story, but the orphanage was by Toledo. And only one kid died in the fire, it was his birthday. The orphanage in Vermilion was torn down. In fact, I started writing a screenplay about 6 years ago, I have it time stamped and documented.

    • I live there…….. Nothing happened. The swift manor which is the picture on the posting burnt down many many years after it was vacant. Cause of the fire was a homeless mans candle that was sqauting there.

  2. OOPS! My comment is waiting for moderation…guess it won’t make it to the board since they can’t take the truth being put out there! Thanks, anyways!


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