Lost 80s Horror ‘Heartland Of Darkness’ Recovered And Coming To Blu-Ray

September 28, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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The never-before-seen lost 1989 film Heartland of Darkness (AKA Blood Church), starring scream queen Linnea Quigley, has been recovered and is set to be released on Blu-ray collector’s edition, from Visual Vengeance.


In The film, “In the small town of Copperton, Ohio, Paul Henson, a former big-city journalist, buys a small local newspaper. He quickly falls into a wide-reaching conspiracy of ritualistic murder and cult mind control when he discovers that the entire town may be under the spell of a Satanic reverend and his flock. As the clues and corpses pile up, Henson and his family are thrust into a life-or-death struggle to expose the truth and stop the demonic cabal’s reign of evil.”


Shot in 1989 by director Eric Swelstad on 16mm film and lost in obscurity and distribution false starts for over 30 years, Heartland of Darkness finally arrives on home video for the very first time on November 8, 2022, and is packed with bonus features that spotlight the original creators and document the film’s long history and final completion.


Special Features:

– First time available in any format

– New director-supervised SD master from original tape and film elements

– Deeper Into the Darkness: New 40-minute BTS documentary

– Three commentary tracks

– Linnea Quigley Remembers: new interview

– Archival TV interviews, TV spots, BTS footage and trailers

– Complete original “Fallen Angels” 1990 workprint

– Blood Church – rare distributor promotional video

– Six-page liner notes by Tony Strauss of Weng’s Chop Magazine

– Limited Edition Heartland of Darkness “Prayer Cloth”

– Limited Edition slipcase – FIRST PRESSING ONLY

– Collectible Linnea Quigley folded mini-poster

– ‘Stick your own’ VHS sticker set

– And much more


Get your copy of Heartland of Darkness on November 8, 2022, from Visual Vengeance, a Blu-ray label dedicated to vintage ‘Shot on Video’ and microbudget genre independents from the 1980s through the 2000s.


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