If you happen to be a fan of all things demonic, supernatural, clandestine and vicious – and live in the UK – then we have some very good news for you! Arrow Films are set to unleash Jon Knautz’s rollicking possession creature feature The Shrine on DVD and Blu-ray across the United Kingdom on February 27th.
Check out the artwork for The Shrine‘s (review here) UK release below, and trust us – this one’s not to be missed!
When a young American goes missing in Poland while backpacking around Europe, ambitious journalist Carmen (Cindy Sampson) links his disappearance to a number of similar events that have occurred over the years in and around the remote rural village of Alvania. With the US and Polish authorities showing little interest in the case, Carmen decides to investigate the story herself, hoping for a scoop that will forward her career as a writer.
She convinces her photographer boyfriend, Marcus (Aaron Ashmore), and her young intern at the newspaper, Sara (Meghan Heffern), to join her in trying to uncover the truth, and the trio travel to Alvania to make some initial inquiries. On arrival at the village, they immediately attract the unwelcome attention of the hostile locals, who order them to leave the area. Fearing for their safety, Marcus is ready to give up and go home, but Carmen and Sara become intrigued by and drawn to a mysterious fog hanging over the nearby woods. After entering the mist, they come across what appears to be an ancient statue – a discovery that leads them on the path to a revelation far more terrifying than anything they could possibly imagine.
A solid supernatural chiller that recalls elements of The Exorcist, Jacob’s Ladder and The Evil Dead, The Shrine is an unexpected gem of a horror film and boasts a Grammy-nominated (for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media) score by award-winning composer Ryan Shore (Stan Helsing, Numb, The Girl Next Door).
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