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Freestyle Digital Media Acquires Horror Film ‘Aberrance’ For October Release



The Film ABERRANCE Will Be the First Mongolian Horror Feature Film To Be Released Theatrically in the U.S. Premiering on October 6, 2023

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired the North American theatrical rights and has set a theatrical release date for the Mongolian horror feature film ABERRANCE on October 6, 2023. The video-on-demand (VOD) and digital release will be in 2024. ABERRANCE marks an impressive milestone as the first Mongolian horror feature to be released theatrically in the U.S., introducing Mongolian cinema to new audiences.

Image from the thriller/horror film ABERRANCE, a Freestyle Digital Media Release. Photo courtesy of Three Flames Pictures.

The film had its North American premiere at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival to positive reviews as an Official Selection in the Midnighters section.

In ABERRANCE, when city dwellers Erkhmee and Selenge arrive at an old cabin deep in the Mongolian wilds, a sense of foreboding settles over the couple. Erkhmee’s seemingly keen desire to provide a safe and nurturing space for his artistic wife is at odds with the violent actions and mannerisms their quizzical neighbor observes. As the neighbor digs deeper for the reason behind this aberrant behavior, only more questions and trouble arise.

Bayarsanaa Batchuluun as Sanaa in the thriller/horror film ABERRANCE, a Freestyle Digital Media Release. Photo courtesy of Three Flames Pictures.

ABERRANCE is the theatrical directing debut film by Baatar Batsukh, who also co-wrote the film with Erdene Orosoo (Kinsman of the Sun) and Byambasuren Ganbat. The film stars an ensemble Mongolian cast of Selenge Chadraabal (Six Feet), Erkhembayar GanbatYalalt Namsrai (Snowman), Oyundary Jamsranjav (Disorder), Badamtsetseg Batmunkh Bayarsanaa Batchuluun and Ariunbyamba Sukhee (Guardians). The film was produced by Enkhmandakh Nemekhbaatar and executive produced by Angarag SukhbaatarTrevor Morgan Doyleand Alexa Khan of Three Flames Pictures and Team Hero Production.

 “As a Mongolian and American filmmaker, I am honored to see our film being distributed theatrically in the U.S.,” said Alexa Khan of Three Flames Pictures. “It is a milestone to celebrate, and excited to contribute to the AAPI filmmaking community that is making the marks in the U.S.”

“As a Gulf War veteran and a film producer, setting a lofty goal of a theatrical distribution for a Mongolian film and having it realized is extremely gratifying,” said Trevor Morgan Doyle of Three Flames Pictures. “Our long-term plan is to get Mongolian cinema and artists the recognition that they deserve. We’re grateful and excited for the opportunity and for what the future holds!”  

Selenge Chadraabal as Selenge in the thriller/horror film ABERRANCE, a Freestyle Digital Media Release. Photo courtesy of Three Flames Pictures.

Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal to acquire ABERRANCE from Raven Banner on behalf of filmmakers Trevor Doyle and Alexa Khan of Three Flames Pictures.

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A24 & AMC Theaters Collab For “October Thrills and Chills” Line-Up



Off-beat movie studio A24 is taking over Wednesdays at AMC theaters next month. “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” will be an event that showcases some of the studio’s best horror movies re-presented on the big screen.

Ticket buyers will also receive a one-month free trial of A24 All Access (AAA24), an app that allows subscribers a free zine, exclusive content, merch, discounts, and more.

There are four movies to choose from each week. First up is The Witch on October 4, then X on October 11, followed by Under the Skin on October 18, and finally the Director’s Cut of Midsommar on October 25.

Since it was founded in 2012, A24 has become a beacon of off-the-grid independent movies. In fact, they often outshine their mainstream counterparts with non-derivative content made by directors who create visions that are unique and untempered by large Hollywood studios.

This approach has garnered many devoted fans to the studio which recently took home an Academy Award for Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Coming up shortly is the finale to the Ti West tryptic X. Mia Goth returns as West’s muse in MaXXXine, a slasher murder mystery set in the 1980s.

The studio also put its label on the teen possession film Talk to Me after its premiere at Sundance this year. The movie was a hit with both critics and audience-goers prompting the directors Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou to pitch a sequel which they say has already been made.

The “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” might be a great time for movie lovers not familiar with A24 to see what all the fuss is about. We would suggest any of the films in the line-up especially the nearly three-hour director’s cut of Ari Aster’s Midsommar.

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‘V/H/S/85’ Trailer Is Totally Loaded With Some Brutal New Stories



Get ready for another entry into the popular V/H/S anthology series with V/H/S/85 which will premiere on the Shudder streaming service on October 6.

Just over a decade ago, the original, created by Brad Miska, became a seminal cult favorite and has spawned several sequels, a reboot, and some spin-offs. This year, the producers traveled back to 1985 to find their video cassette of terror with found footage shorts created by now-famous directors including:

David Bruckner (Hellraiser, The Night House),

Scott Derrickson ( The Black Phone, Sinister),

Gigi Saul Guerrero (Bingo Hell, Culture Shock),

Natasha Kermani (Lucky)

Mike Nelson (Wrong Turn)

So adjust your tracking and watch the all-new trailer for this new collection of found footage nightmares.

We’ll let Shudder explain the concept: “An ominous mixtape blends never-before-seen snuff footage with nightmarish newscasts and disturbing home videos to create a surreal, analog mashup of the forgotten 80s.” 

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Get a Look Inside ‘Exorcist: Believer’ in New Featurette



Perhaps the most anticipated movie in this third quarter of the year is The Exorcist: Believer. Fifty years after the original came out, reboot artists Jason Blum and director David Gordon Green are adding to the canon of one of the most beloved horror movies of all time. They even got Ellen Burstyn to return as Chris MacNeil, mother to demonized Regan (Linda Blair) in the first film!

Universal dropped a video today to give fans a closer look at the film before its October 6 wide release date. In the clip, Burstyn gives some insight into the character she created half a century ago.

“Playing a character that I created fifty years ago: I thought she has fifty years of living. Who has she become?” she says in the video.

She has more to say as does Green in this mini featurette. As with most of these videos, there might be light spoilers so watch at your own risk.

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