Interview with Director Dena Hysell | Ascent To Hell

In Ascent to Hell, Azura Skye stars as Kate Carpenter, a realtor attempting to sell an abandoned factory for a tidy commission. A local fashion designer decides it would be beneficial to take over the property, and organizes a walkthrough for her and her entire team. Unfortunately for everyone, this factory also hides the souls of hundreds of dead workers, trapped in the building since a horrific fire in the early 1900’s. Now, it’s up to Kate to find a way out before their souls are added to the damned.

Ascent to Hell is director Dena Hysell’s first foray into horror after a long journey to bring her film to release. In our exclusive interview, Dena discusses the difficulties in producing independent films, why this was a story she wanted to tell, how she believes genre in cinema can expand the reach of a variety of societal issues, and much more. Enjoy an enlightening conversation with an entertaining filmmaker, Dena Hysell.

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Kate Carpenter specializes in selling artist lofts, but when a stranger insists she take the listing on an old factory, the commission is too much to pass up. Celebrity fashion designer Mary Brighton is creating a new clothing line, and wants to take over the huge space immediately. As Kate shows Mary and her team the building, everything seems to be going well, until they get to the eighth floor. The frightening sight of an early 1900’s fire that killed over 200 women haunts them; this floor has trapped the dead spirits of the factory workers. One by one, Mary’s team tries to leave the building and finds the ghosts won’t let them. Kate begins to wonder if she may be the key to the whole encounter. When she discovers that she is the great granddaughter of the factory owner that started the fire, she knows she’s the only means to getting the group out alive.

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