The Adam Ahlbrandt directed double feature Cross Bearer and The Cemetery has been making the rounds at Cannes, and we have more details on both, including artwork, trailers, and a few stills.
The films were picked up for German speaking territories by Illusions Unlimited, an Austrian Uncut Distribution Company. CEO Emsch Schneider said, “These movies are very cool and gory. Cross Bearer is a back-to-the-roots slasher, and The Cemetery is a gory and violent flick with amazing practical effects. We’re honored to release these brutal movies UNCUT in German speaking territories.” We should hear more about a North American release and other territories shortly.
In The Cemetery (official site here) a team of paranormal investigators must fight for their lives after accidentally releasing a demon from a forgotten cemetery. Alternately gut-punching hilarious and brutally violent, The Cemetery takes the best elements of the old-school slasher film and pushes them to the edge.
In Cross Bearer (official site here) a group of strippers looking to score big with a drug deal soon find themselves hunted by a religious maniac hell-bent on purifying the Earth of its sins through murder and destruction. Armed with a carpenter’s hammer, the Cross Bearer hunts the girls in a sadistic crusade to cleanse the world.
Both movies were a co-production of Backseat Conceptions and Adversary Films, written and directed by Ahlbrandt, and produced by Doug Sakmann, who also provided the special effects. Actress Natalie Jean (Men in Black 3, Black Swan) stars in both movies and also served as co-producer; executive producers were Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler.
The Cemetery stars Natalie Jean, Adam Huss, J.D Brown, Tim Cronin, Tabetha Ray, Ruby LaRocca, Roberto Lombardi, and Billy Gram.
Deep in the Pennsylvania hills a cemetery for those who died during exorcism remains a dark secret for the church. In 1671 hundreds of men, women, and children suffered in bloody, torturous rituals at the hands of priests unable to contain the evil of the possessed. Were these possessions real, or is the story a hoax to cover up the sins of the deranged priests thirsty for human blood? Bill and his team of cynical paranormal investigators plan to find out the truth. As the producer and host of the reality TV show “Ghost Seekers,” Bill and his crew have seen it all: abandoned prisons, haunted houses, and decrepit mental hospitals. Night after night of boring trips to empty, rundown buildings has left them sure that the dead stay dead and ghosts are the furthest thing from being real. Their lack of faith will soon be repaid in blood. Armed with the church’s historical record, they set out into the wilderness to uncover this series of forgotten atrocities. The demons of the past are invited to return, and the gory details of old sins are revealed as the possessed begin hunting the living.
Cross Bearer stars Natalie Jean, J.D Brown, Isaac Williams, Kacie Marie, Julia Campbell, Victoria DePaul, Kelsey Lehman, Shaun Paul Costello. and Dawn Vaughn.
Heather is broke. She has a soul sucking job as a stripper. Her live-in girlfriend, Victoria, has a baby and a coke problem. Her boss, Harry, is an abusive maniac. Life cannot get much worse… or so she thought. Determined to get out of this living hell, Heather and her lover, Bunny, plan to rip off Harry, ditch Victoria, and leave town to live out their days on the Greek islands in peaceful bliss. One big score is all they need, and Harry gives them the opportunity when he asks them to take care of a drug deal with one of his clients at an old warehouse. As Heather and her friends arrive, everything seems to be going fine until they make a grisly discovery and are trapped inside by a rambling, religious maniac hell-bent on purifying the Earth of its sins through murder and destruction. Armed with a carpenter’s hammer and a fanatic passion, the Cross Bearer hunts Heather and her friends down one-by-one in a sadistic crusade to burn clean the filth of the world. Heather’s dreams are shattered, and if she survives, nothing will ever be the same. Unflinchingly raw, primal, and horrifying, Cross Bearer is a trip to the darkest, most vile side of humanity.
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