Time is right, it appears, to be a British indie film maker, what with Severance just sneaking out on DVD, The Witches Hammer getting a release next month and The Zombie Diaries being praised heavily by anyone who's seen it (watch this space for more news on that one). So it's also with great enthusiasm that we bring you this press release on Nucleus Film's imminent release of London Voodoo. Read on...
The winner of numerous international film awards including Best Feature Awards at the Boston International Film Festival, Warsaw's Horror Fiesta and Manchester's Festival of Fantastic Films, writer-director Robert Pratten's debut feature London Voodoo is an impressively disturbing new horror film starring Doug Cockle (Reign Of Fire, Band Of Brothers), Sara Stewart (Sugar Rush, Batman Begins), Michael Nyqvist (Together) and Trisha Mortimer (Schizo, Frightmare).
Recently relocated from New York to London with his attractive wife Sarah (Sara Stewart) and their baby daughter, ambitious analyst Lincoln Mathers (Doug Cockle) appears to have it all. Everything seems to be going well for the Mathers family until Sarah uncovers a tomb in the cellar of their new house and convinces Lincoln to keep the discovery a secret. Occupied with his work, Lincoln fails to acknowledge the changes going on around him and his family – food is beginning to rot at a rapid rate, flowers wilt and die more quickly than usual and Sarah has begun to develop increasingly overt sexual cravings. She's also started to create bizarre paintings and sculptures that seemingly have no meaning.
Sarah's strange behaviour and the mysterious happenings in the house soon attract the attention of a kindly bohemian woman, Fiona (Trisha Mortimer), along with a pair of local voodoo practioners, Ray (David Webber) and Ruth (Jacqueline Boatswain). The latter are convinced that the spirit of a dead African warrior now inhabits Sarah's body but Lincoln is understandably skeptical and condemns their suggestion that an exorcism needs to be performed. But news of an unexpected death and Sarah's worsening state of mind force Lincoln to question everything he believes in and to make a remarkable leap of faith as he faces up to the reality of the horror before him.
A mature and intelligent adult chiller in the tradition of Don't Look Now, The Exorcist and The Serpent And The Rainbow, London Voodoo also features a suitably atmospheric musical score composed by former Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist, Steven Severin.
London Voodoo (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£14.99) by Nucleus Films on 5th February 2007. Special Features include: audio commentary by writer-director Robert Pratten; The Voodoo Diaries (The Making of London Voodoo); Interview With a Voodoo Priest; deleted scenes; "Reel North" at the premiere of London Voodoo; trailers; Dolby Digital 5.1; Dolby Surround 2.0; English subtitles for the hard of hearing.
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