For six college students, it’s the ultimate graduation project: A documentary about one of the most notorious haunted sites in the Southern United States. Lafitte Plantation is a Civil War landmark with a dark past steeped in American history. All over Vacherie, Louisiana, locals whisper about the legend of Lafitte, telling terrifying stories of dead soldiers, murdered families, and restless shadows roaming its abandoned corridors. No one has occupied Lafitte in years. No one will stay after dark. No one has dared to uncover its secrets… until now.
Outfitted with high-tech recording equipment, the intrepid filmmakers are ready for anything. Venturing deep into the Louisiana backwoods with cameras ready and GoPro ‘head-cams’ online, the students begin to explore the estate and plantation grounds, livestreaming every moment of their adventure. But something is watching, and one of them has already been chosen. As darkness falls and their fears come to life, one by one, they’ll learn the terrible secret of Lafitte. The dead are awake, and there are some places the living should never go.
The Final Project is the dark brainchild of Louisiana-based director Taylor Ri’chard and screenwriter Zach Davis. Utilizing real locations in and around Georgia, it features a crew and ensemble of dedicated locals well acquainted with the haunted history of the South. Combining the “found footage” genre with authentic local folklore, it updates the classic American ghost story by tapping into a history too chilling to deny.
The backstory of The Final Project boasts both an Old Hollywood touch and a real-life twist. Chretien Point Plantation in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, the real-life model for the film’s Lafitte Plantation, was also the inspiration for the interior of the legendary “Tara” from Gone with the Wind. Its true claim to fame, however, lies closer to home. The site of a pitched and bloody battle between Union and Confederate soldiers at the height of the Civil War, with a bullet hole still embedded in one of its front doors, Chretien Point has long been rumored to be one of the biggest supernatural “hotspots” in North America. Ghostly sightings have been reported for decades, with stories of buried treasure, a vengeful “house mistress”, and even a nearby haunted bridge.
The Final Project is fiction, but its roots are all too real. Blending cinematic suspense and found-footage immediacy with urban legends and old-school American terror, it’s a next-level supernatural thriller. The South is full of ghosts. You can try to catch them on tape… but it might cost you more than your life.