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Exclusive: Bloodlands Trailer Reveals Albania’s First Horror Film

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One of the joys of the horror genre is seeing films from around the world so that we can not only get a glimpse into their culture but also what strikes fear into their hearts. It’s why I adore movies like Japan’s Kairo, which tackles fear of technology in a society thrives upon it, or France’s Frontier(s), which saw a gang of thieves face off against a family of Neo-Nazis during a time when anti-Semitic occurrences were (and still are) on the rise. It’s venturing into these regions that expands my own understanding and appreciation of the world in which I live.

That’s why I’m so intrigued and thrilled by Bloodlands, a folk horror film from Albania. In fact, it’s being hailed as the first horror film from that country, which makes this premiere all the more exciting and something to be humbled and proud of.

On top of showing off the international trailer below, we can also tell you that the film will be released on VOD platforms on January 30th on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Xbox and Playstation. You can also pre-order it on Vimeo.

Bloodlands stars Gëzim Rudi, Suela Bako, Emiljano Palali, and Alesia Xhemalaj. It was written, produced, and directed by Steven Kastrissios.

Synopsis:
A traditional family struggle to make their way in modern Albania. The parents are under financial stress while the teenage children wrestle with the traditional pathway set by their father. When a witch and her mysterious clan come to prey on the family, it leads to a violent confrontation that is all too familiar in the Balkans. A blood feud is declared and the family must unite to survive.

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