Solstice (2008)

Solstice 2008tt0473267.jpg poster

  • IMDb page: Solstice (2008)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 2,887 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 1 January 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Filming Location: Husser, Louisiana, USA
  • Director: Daniel Myrick
  • Stars: Elisabeth Harnois, Shawn Ashmore and Hilarie Burton
  • Original Music By: Jane Antonia Cornish   
  • Soundtrack: On The Outside
  • Plot Keyword: Suicide | Twin Sister | Solstice | Friend | Lake

Writing Credits By:

  • Daniel Myrick (written by) (as Dan Myrick) &
  • Martin Musatov (written by) (as Marty Musatov) &
  • Ethan Erwin (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Danielle Panabaker was originally cast, but forced to drop out due to other commitments; ‘Elisabeth Harnois’ then stepped in to replace her.
  • One of the first films to be produced in and around New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
  • Following Hurricane Katrina, financier Endgame Entertainment considered moving the production to Florida, Georgia or Texas but decided to wait, recast the film and make the movie as planned in Louisiana.

Plot: A young girl uncovers a disturbing secret about her twin sister, who committed suicide just a few months before. Full summary » |  »

Story: Six months after the suicide of her twin sister Sofie, Megan still grieves her death and misses her beloved sister. In the Saint John's Eve, Megan travels with her friends Christian, Zoe, Mark and Alicia to her family's house in Nowell Lake, Louisiana, to celebrate the summer solstice. While shopping supplies in a local store, Megan befriends the seller Nick and buys a magazine with an article about communication with the dead in the summer solstice, the time of year when there is the greatest length of daylight. While in her house, Megan is haunted by a spirit that she believes is Sofie trying to communicate with her. In her investigation, she suspects of the weird hick Leonard and while snooping in his house, she finds the picture of the missing girl Malin and unravels a dark secret about the suicide of her sister.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

{tab=FullCast & Crew}

Produced By:

  • Meredith Ann Berg known as associate producer
  • Mikkel Bondesen known as co-producer
  • Adam Del Deo known as producer
  • Garrick Dion known as co-producer
  • David Grace known as co-producer
  • Jeffrey Graup known as co-producer
  • Douglas Hansen known as executive producer
  • Eleanor Nett known as co-producer
  • Mason Novick known as co-executive producer
  • James D. Stern known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Elisabeth Harnois known as Megan / Sophie
  • Shawn Ashmore known as Christian
  • Hilarie Burton known as Alicia
  • Amanda Seyfried known as Zoe
  • Tyler Hoechlin known as Nick
  • Matt O'Leary known as Mark
  • R. Lee Ermey known as Leonard
  • Lisa Arnold known as Mrs. Thomas
  • Lyle Brocato known as Partier
  • David Dahlgren known as Mr. Thomas
  • Jenna Hildebrand known as Malin (as Jenna Lynn Hildebrand)
  • Mark Krasnoff known as Cop
  • Deejay Buras known as Party guest (uncredited)
  • Jacob Hamil known as Party Host (uncredited)
  • Cliff Johnson known as Cemetary Visitor (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Ramirez known as Shadow Figure (uncredited)
  • Johnny Cley Rivers known as Evil Brother (uncredited)
  • Gary Michael Smith known as Sheriff (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Marcos Gonzales known as assistant hair stylist
  • Betty Hamnac known as key hair stylist
  • Kimberley Kirkpatrick known as makeup artist
  • Yolanda Mercadel known as hair department head
  • Karen Toole-Rentrop known as makeup department head (as Karen D. Toole)
  • Teresa Vest known as key makeup artist
  • Teresa Vest known as special makeup effects artist

Art Department:

  • Daniel Coulthard known as set dresser
  • Thomas Gordon known as set dresser
  • Michael Hendrick known as lead man
  • Troy A. Johnson known as utility
  • Julie Kobsa known as assistant art director
  • Luci Leary known as buyer
  • William D. McLane known as property master
  • Steven M. Saylor known as set designer
  • Chuck Stringer known as construction coordinator
  • Joe Walsh known as key on-set dresser
  • Jim S. Williams known as assistant property master


Production Companies:

  • Endgame Entertainment
  • Solstice Productions

Other Companies:

  • Big Easy Studio Rentals  transportation equipment (uncredited)
  • Business Affairs  production counsel
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • New Orleans Film Commission, The  film commission
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • yU+Co.  titles


  • Pyramid (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Square One Entertainment (2006) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Future Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL8)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2008) (USA) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Danny Albano known as digital compositor: Technicolor Digital Services
  • Jan Cilliers known as digital compositor: Method Studios
  • Zachary Lo known as visual effects artist
  • Todd Mitchell known as scanning and recording: TDI
  • Erin L. Nelson known as digital restoration
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan known as visual effects supervisor (as Cedric Nicolas)
  • Katrina Salicrup known as digital compositor
  • Chris Smallfield known as visual effects
  • Brad Sutton known as digital restoration
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration

Release Date:

  • USA 1 January 2008
  • Germany 8 February 2008
  • Philippines 22 March 2008
  • Greece 30 April 2008
  • Russia 19 June 2008 (theatrical release)
  • South Korea 21 August 2008
  • Netherlands 26 August 2008
  • Italy 8 October 2008
  • UK 20 October 2008
  • Iceland 27 November 2008
  • Mexico 5 December 2008
  • Hungary 3 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 17 June 2009
  • Argentina 9 July 2009 (theatrical release)
  • Thailand 6 August 2009 (theatrical release)
  • Kuwait 13 August 2009
  • Australia 3 February 2010
  • Japan 23 July 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violent content, disturbing images, language, teen drinking and some thematic material


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

Leave a Reply