This October, Film Movement Plus is delivering chills and thrills with premieres and genre classics, guaranteeing a spooky Halloween.
THE COLUMNIST, ZOMBI CHILD and THE REFLECTING SKIN
New York, NY– SVOD subscription service FILM MOVEMENT PLUS celebrate the spooky season this October, with chills, thrills, and five premieres including the dark and disturbing Rose Plays Juliet, starring “The Nevers” Ann Skelly, Orla Brady (“Picard”) and Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”), along with four films from two giants of Italian Giallo, Lamberto Bava, and Dario Argento, with, respectively, Demons and Demons 2, Phenomena, and Tenebrae.
In addition, genre fans looking to spend more time in the shadows this October can turn to the dozens of genre films available on the service, including The Columnist, a pitch black satire starring Evil’s Katja Herbers, Abner Pastoll’s A Good Woman is Hard to Find starring Sarah Bolger as a single mother seeking escape at any cost from Irish thugs, the medieval thriller Sword of God from Oscar nominee Bartosz Konopka, the atmospheric Victorian vampire thriller Carmilla, The Reflecting Skin, a twisted gothic cult classic starring Viggo Mortensen, Lokis: A Manuscript of Professor Wittembach, a brooding werewolf thriller Based on the 1869 gothic novel by Prosper Mérimée, Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child, a “zombie drama that’s not undead but bracingly alive” (Screen Daily) and many more!
Friday, October 7
FM+ PREMIERE: ROSE PLAYS JULIE
Director Christine & Joe Lawlor
Rose (Ann Skelly, “The Nevers) is a promising veterinary student in Dublin. Despite having a loving relationship with her adoptive parents (Orla Brady, “Picard” and Aidan Gillen, “Game of Thrones”), she has been searching for her birth mother for many years. When Rose finally tracks Ellen (Brady) down in London, she forces her to reveal a painful secret from her past. This shocking revelation rattles Rose’s already fragile sense of identity and draws her into a dangerous world of impersonation, deception, and revenge. Nominated for “Best Film” at the London Film Festival, ROSE PLAYS JULIE has garnered accolades at festivals the world over. Alistair Ryder of Film Inquiry wrote “Christine Malloy and Joe Lawlor’s film is one of the best screen depictions of the internal struggle of being adopted perfectly realizing a character’s permanent sense of existential displacement, and constant worries that she’s not living the life she was intended for. I was absolutely floored by this film”, and Jessica Kiang of Variety calls the film “terrific… the most disturbing thing about the impressively disturbing Rose Plays Julie may just be how satisfying it is.” (2021 | 100 minutes)
Friday, October 21
FM+ PREMIERE: DEMONS & DEMONS 2
Director Lamberto Bava
Regarded by horror fans the world over as two of the greatest Italian horror films ever made, Lamberto Bava’s Demons films are not only major cinematic nightmare fuel, but also hugely entertaining splatterfests of the highest order. Recently restored in 4K, these horrific splatter classics produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria) have never looked or sounded better. In DEMONS (88 minutes), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theatre lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon! One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world! Can anyone escape this gory orgy of terror? In 1986’s ambitious sequel DEMONS 2 (92 minutes), the apocalyptic terror continues! A televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape Hell on Earth.
Friday, October 28
FM+ PREMIERE: PHENOMENA
Director Dario Argento
The young Jennifer Corvino (played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, in one of her first film roles) is sent to a private Swiss academy for girls where a vicious killer is on the loose, brutally murdering students. Jennifer is a “gifted” girl with the strange ability to communicate with insects, and Dr. McGregor (Donald Pleasence, John Carpenter’s Halloween series) enlists her to help locate the killer. Jennifer finds herself in a bizarre murder plot with maggots, mutants, and razor-wielding chimpanzee mayhem! Can she uncover the killer’s identity before becoming a victim herself? Daria Nicolodi (Tenebraee) and Fiore Argento (Demons) also star in this strange, unique, and gory film from Italy’s Master of Horror, Dario Argento. (1985 | 116 minutes)
FM+ PREMIERE: TENEBRAE
Director Dario Argento
American mystery author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) comes to Italy to promote his newest novel, TENEBRAE. Unfortunately, a razor-wielding serial killer is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in a gruesome fashion just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the killings spirals out of control, Neal investigates the crimes on his own, leading to a mind-bending, genre-twisting conclusion that will leave you breathless! Featuring an amazing synth-music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin), this all-new TENEBRAE release was created from the original uncut camera negative. Also stars John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena), and John Steiner (“Caligula”). (1982 | 101 minutes)
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