Anchor Bay recently picked up the rights to Malevolence, a gruesome slasher movie by first time director Stevan Mena which recently won the Best Feature Award at the New York City Horror Film Festival. Now they have announced the release date (the first time this film has appeared on DVD) of September 19th in the UK.
With a heavy debt to old-school shockers such as Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Halloween, the film has had good coverage so far; Toronto Sun said it was "guaranteed to excite hardcore horror fans", whilst Variety, commented that it "builds a grim atmosphere… every moment tingles with dread."
The police department of a quiet rural farm town is baffled by a series of mysterious disappearances, all young women, with one exception – six-year-old Martin Bristol. Abducted from the swing in his family's backyard, Martin is forced to witness the unspeakable acts of his captor as he sadistically tortures and kills his victims...
Ten years later and a bungled bank robbery sees felons Julian (Brandon Johnson), Marylin (Heather Magee) and Kurt (Richard Glover) fleeing the scene for a rendezvous at an abandoned farmhouse. A blown-out tire on one of the getaway cars forces the taking of two hostages, Samantha (Samantha Dark) and her young daughter, Courtney (Courtney Bertalone).
Unfortunately for the gang and their captives, their choice of hideout is about to lead to the unearthing of a terrifying secret – one that has baffled the local police for a decade.
Malevolence (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£16.99) by Anchor Bay UK on 19th September 2005.
Special Features include;
Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
Audio commentary by director Stevan Mena, star Brandon Johnson and associate producer Eddie Akmal
"Back To The Slaughterhouse" featurette
"The Dark Side Of Horror" – interview with Samantha Dark
Trailers and TV/radio spots
Stereo 2.0, optional 5.1 and DTS
Subtitles for the hard of hearing.