One of my all-time favorite film festival experiences was seeing Xavier Gens’ Frontier(s) twice at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie was a blast from the past, an action-packed gore-fest that was inspired by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Gens, who also helmed The Divide, is returning to horror with the thriller The Crucifixion, which was penned by The Conjuring writers Chad and Carey Hayes.
Based on true events, “When a priest is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism, an investigative journalist strives to determine whether he in fact murdered a mentally ill person, or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.” Sophie Cookson (Kingsman) stars with Brittany Ashworth.
The film did premiere at last October’s Screamfest Film Festival in Los Angeles, but it has still failed to see a release here in the States since. However, it appears it’s “coming soon”. Bloody regular Fabien M. tipped us to a poster, which led down a rabbit hole to a solid international trailer (in English) that’s jam-packed with crazy imagery. There’s still no word on when me might see this, but Gens has been ramping up promotion on his Twitter page, leading me to believe “soon” is actually “sooner rather than later”.
Peter Safran (Annabelle, The Conjuring) and the Hayes brothers produced The Crucifixion, with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian executive producing.