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 Canuxsploitation 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.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody
While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.
The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.
“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.“
SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.
‘The Last Drive-In’ Changes to Single Movie Approach Over Double Features
Well, while I always enjoy more Joe Bob Briggs in my life I am not sure about AMC’s latest decision for Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In. The news going around is that the team would be getting a “super-sized” season. While it does go on a little longer than we are used to, it comes with a huge bummer as well.
The “super-sized” season will also include the upcoming John Carpenter Halloween special and the Daryl Dixon Walking Dead series’ first episodes. It also includes a Christmas Episode and a Valentine’s Day episode. When the true season begins next year it will give us one episode every other week in place of the much-loved double-feature.
This will stretch out the season further but not by giving fans extra films. Instead, it will skip a week and skip out on the late-night fun of the double feature.
This is a decision made by AMC Sudder and not by the team at The Last Drive-In.
I’m hoping that a well-placed petition may assist in getting the double features back. But only time will tell.
What do you think about the new line-up for The Last Drive-In? Will you miss the double features and the string of consistent episodes? Let us know in the comments section.