The Bloody Disgusting film library continues to grow as we’re excited to announce our second title with Doppelgänger Releasing (the genre label of arthouse distributor Music Box Films), the awesome German gothic horror film Hagazussa, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Fantastic Fest.
A feature film debut for director Lukas Feigelfeld, Hagazussa takes place in the Austrian Alps in the 15th century when people lived in fear of witches and ancient magic. It will open in limited theaters on April 19th (see theater listing below the trailer) before arriving on VOD/DVD/Blu-ray April 23rd.
Hagazussa is Germany’s answer to The Witch that has stunning atmosphere mixed with brooding terror from start to finish. Fans of slow-burn horror are going to want to settle in next to a crackling fire and let the story wash over them.
In the 15th Century in the remote Austrian Alps, the orphan Albrun (Celina Peter) grows up to be a simple goatherd living in solitude…and a marked woman. As a scapegoat of ancient myths and monstrous misogyny, Albrun (portrayed by Aleksandra Cwen as an adult) finds herself tormented by the local townsfolk, driving her to unleash the inner darkness that swells within her. A self-styled witch, Albrun soon exercises her other-worldly birthright and conjures a plague that makes the surrounding human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison.
Here’s the official trailer.
“After researching old pagan beliefs and folklore about witches that were supposed to roam the mountain woods in those times, my interest was to develop a character that these folk tales would have branded as a witch,” says Feigelfeld on his exploration of the intersection between ancient magic, faith and madness. “[I also wanted] to dig deeper into her psyche and see her as the traumatized, mistreated and finally delusional person that society constructed.”
The film was awarded Best Picture in the “Next Wave” Features category at Fantastic Fest 2017 and has toured the international festival circuit, including BFI London Film Festival 2017, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2017, Music Box Theatre’s Cinepocalypse 2017, and Morbido Fest 2017, to name a few.
Fans of truly independent cinema are going to gush over this hidden gem.
Here are a handful of reviews:
The Hollywood Reporter calls the film “a spooky, stylish, spellbinding debut.” He adds: “Hagazussa works very well as a spellbinding audiovisual symphony.”at
Cineurpoa writer Marko Stojiljković declares Hagazussa a “psychologically tense, visually-arresting and mind-blowingly creepy folk horror film.”
Megan Casady of Nightmarish Conjurings calls it “a moody, atmospheric masterpiece” that’s “reminiscent of The Witch.”
HAGAZUSSA – Theater locations and dates:
*Please check Doppelganger Releasing website for additional dates & info
Los Angeles (Monica Film Center): April 19
New York (Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn): April 19
Chicago (Music Box Theater): April 19
San Francisco (Alamo Drafthouse New Mission) April 19
Seattle (Grand Illusion Cinema): April 19
Houston (Alamo Drafthouse La Centerra): April 24
Washington D.C. (Alamo Drafthouse Winchester): April 26
Portland (Hollywood Theater): April 30