Black Fawn Films grabbed our attention with their release of Bite, a film so gruesome that audiences at the premiere were handed barf bags in advance. You may remember the stir online when an ambulance was called to the event. Patrons fainted, threw up, and one audience member hit his head on the stairs. Their most recent film, The Heretics, continues to embrace the power of body horror with practical effects, but with a lot more mystery going on under the slimy surface.
The Canadian production company will be taking the film to theaters internationally for the festival circuit – including SITGES (Spain), Hardline Film Festival (Germany), and Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (Sweden).
In a new announcement, A71 Entertainment has acquired the distribution rights from Breakthrough Entertainment for a limited theatrical release in Canada through Landmark cinemas as part of the Canadian Indie Film Series. The Heretics will have a special event premiere on November 1st, 2017 with a limited run beginning November 3, 2017.
A71 and Breakthrough will also be partnering with Black Fawn Distribution to help bring home
the occult thriller to horror fans across Canada in early 2018.
The Heretics tells the pagan tale of Gloria, (Nina Kiri – Let Her Out, TV’s The Handmaid’s Tale) a young girl who is abducted by a troubled man (Ry Barrett – The Drownsman, The Demolisher) who claims that a cult is hunting her down. His goal is to protect her until sunrise but, while restrained, Gloria falls deathly ill. While her friends and family desperately search for her, the source of her illness becomes more apparent. She’s not sick…she’s changing.
Thanks to the folks at Black Fawn Distribution, we’ve been treated with an exclusive early look at the theatrical poster for The Heretics.
I spoke with Chad Archibald – director of Bite and The Heretics – about the film and his goal to build a tactile experience using practical elements during production.
“We wanted to make this film as real as possible so, we really focused on the practical effects and the sets. We actually built the cabin that’s in the film from scratch in the middle of the forest before we went to camera. It’s a real functioning cabin that’s still stands today deep in the woods of Erin, Ontario.”
Of course, one of the most important aspects of a film that can really make or break its effect on the audience is the actors.
“It was a real honor to work with Ry Barrett and Nina Kiri again. I couldn’t be happier with their performances. They really drive the film. Also, watch out for actress Jorja Cadence. This was her first feature film and she completely knocks it out of the park.”
Black Fawn Distribution also recently acquired the rights to Another WolfCop, which – I’ve been told – we can expect to see in US theaters shortly after The Heretics hits screens in Canada. The sequel to the Canucksploitation hit recently won the Audience Choice Award (Gold) at Fantasia Fest. A Canadian theatrical release will begin December 8 with a DVD/BluRay/Digital release set for 2018.
Check out the trailer for The Heretics below and click here to read my interview with the cast from the world premiere at Toronto’s Canadian Film Fest.