Release dateAugust 10, 2007 (2007-08-10) WriterMichelle Hoppe (screenplay), Johnston H. Moore (screenplay), Gary Wheeler (screenplay), Robert Whitlow (screenplay) GenresThriller, Mystery, Supernatural Distributor20th Century Fox Home Entertainment CastMalcolm McDowell (Desmond Larochette), Chuck Carrington (Renny Jacobsen), Hilarie Burton (Jo Johnston), Pat Hingle (Gus Eicholtz), Mary Beth Peil (Daisy Stokes), Will Patton (Harriston) Similar moviesThe Hood Samaritan, Leopard Vision Vol.1, Marching to Zion, Revelation - The Bride, The Beast & Babylon, Straight Outta Compton, The Da Vinci Code
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The List is a 2007 American thriller film directed by Gary Wheeler and based on the novel of the same name by Robert Whitlow. The film was shot in Wilmington, North Carolina. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Chuck Carrington, Hilarie Burton and Will Patton. The List was released on April 22, 2007, and grossed $138,814 at the US box office.
After the American Civil War, a group of Southern plantation owners form a secret society. Through the present, their male heirs are inducted into the society. This continues until the present, when it is decided to kill off the newest heirs, two young adults who learn how to rely on their Christian faith to expose the secret society.
Malcolm McDowell as Desmond Larochette
Chuck Carrington as Renny Jacobsen
Hilarie Burton as Jo Johnston
Will Patton as Harriston
Pat Hingle as Gus Eicholtz
Mary Beth Peil as Daisy Stokes
Elizabeth Omilami as Mama A
Afemo Omilami as Al Jenkins
R. Keith Harris as Bart Maxwell
Steve Ayers as Robert Roget
Richard Fullerton as Jerrod Weiss
Richard K. Olsen as Michael Flournoy
Nicholas Pryor as Harold Smithfield
Frank Hoyt Taylor as Amos Candler
Tim Ware as Thomas Layne
Director Gary Wheeler had trouble casting the role of Larochette. As an independent production, his budget was limited, and he had trouble making connections with high profile actors. When actor Tim Ware found Larochette had not been cast, he offered to contact McDowell on behalf of Wheeler. Shooting took place in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The List was released theatrically in 2007 through select states in the South including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. The film would visit a select city for a few weeks beginning in Charlotte on August 12, 2007. It grossed a total of $138,814.
A further releasing campaign was planned for 2008 with intent to spread outside of the South. 20th Century Fox soon set a June 10, 2008, DVD release date.
Ken Hanke of Mountain Xpress rated it 2.5/5 stars and called it "a slickly produced, low-budget, faith-based thriller that's light on the thrills and heavy on the faith". In rating it 5/10 stars, George Tiller of PopMatters wrote, "So what we wind up with is a muddled bit of Southern Gothic lite that somehow manages to be a pretty enjoyable movie." David Cornelius of DVD Talk rated it 2/5 and criticized the film's transition from drama to supernatural thriller. Cornelius described it as "always just a little too melodramatic, a little too hokey, a little too saccharine".