Last year a director named L. Gustavo Cooper submitted his short film Velvet Road to us for review. Suffice to say he blew our doors off. And now he’s sent over the early word on a feature film he has in the works entitled Copiii: The 1st Entry. Fabulous!
Cooper proved to us he’s the real deal with Velvet Road (review here), and we can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for us with Copiii: The 1st Entry. Dig the first still and some poster art Gustavo released to us below, and prepare yourself for the film’s teaser trailer, which you will be able to see exclusively here at Dread Central on May 1st.
From the creators of the award-winning short Velvet Road, Copiii: The 1st Entry is a film based on Romanian folklore that dates back to the 1500s. It was used by parents as a way to keep children from sneaking out or acting up. The story itself is about a gypsy woman named Alina Patkavior, who was the victim of a brutal rape. The act drove her insane, forcing her to attempt to take her own life. When the woman was ready to commit suicide, a vengeance demon appeared. The demon told her that he would wipe away her pain by giving these men the truly horrible fate they deserved. In return, he would return to claim her child after one year. A year later, Alina had grown to love and care for the child. When the vengeance demon returned to claim her child’s life, she double-crossed him by refusing to turn the child over. The demon cursed Alina and her people, making it impossible for them to bear children. The group of gypsies came to be known as Copiii Pierdere, meaning ‘the loss of a child’ or ‘lost children’ in Romanian.
When Alina’s child became a man and married, he wanted desperately to be a father. The man summoned the same demon that his mother betrayed in an attempt to make amends and lift the curse. The demon told him that while he would not lift the curse, there was a way he could still raise children of his own. The only way he or any member of the Copiii Pierdere could have children was to shed blood in the demon’s name, in the form of a cursed ritual. This ritual was named Din Burta de Sarpe, Romanian for ‘belly of a snake.’ The first time the man performed the ritual, he was horrified to find that it drove a loving couple of villagers insane to the point of death, leaving their unborn child unharmed beside their corpses. Disgusted as he was at his own actions, he took the infant and raised it as his own and passed this gruesome act through his family’s bloodline. This year will be the 500-year anniversary of the creation of Copiii Pierdere and the Din Burta de Sarpe. Some believe that their power is growing stronger because of this occasion.
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