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Some distro news emerged over the weekend as Variety is reporting that the U.K.’s Jinga Films has acquired world sales rights to Brazilian first time filmmaker Samuel Galli’s supernatural horror flick Our Evil.

Our Evil takes place in the underbelly of Sao Paolo, telling the story of a spiritualist who after receiving warning that a demonic power is coming to destroy his daughter’s soul, employs a serial killer in an effort to protect her.

The film begins as a standard slasher shock piece but takes a sharp turn as characters actions are given explanations and a more supernatural element, only hinted at in the first half of the film, is properly introduced and developed.

Galli uses the change in direction of the film to keep the audience guessing. “I think when you mix things up, you keep the audience always guessing and uncomfortable, like a violent scene and a soft song or a dark scene with elements of innocence,” he said.

Julian Richards at U.K. based Jinga Films said the film “combines the brutal realism of ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’ with the supernatural shock-tactics of ‘The Exorcist.’ The film uses Brazilian religious sentiments to elicit a style that Richards compares to the Coen Brothers 1984 classic ‘Blood Simple.’”

Said Fright Fest’s Alan Jones: “‘Our Evil’ is shocking, surprising, gripping and always keeps you guessing.” He goes on to predict Our Evil will change the game for future Latin American genre cinema.

Snagging numerous awards and festival berths across Europe and the Americas and building a catalog containing films from around the globe over the last near 15 years, Jinga Films has positioned itself as a established player in the horror genre. Films it has handled include cult hit A Serbian Film, and Outlanders, which won both Best Picture and Best Feature Film at Cuba’s Gibara Low-Budget Film Festival.

Co-producers of the film from Alief + 4th & 7th Entertainment, Miguel Govea and Brett Walker had been pursuing Jinga for some time now, having introduced the piece to Jinga at past festivals. The film had up until now stayed under their radar but this week at Ventana Sur they took note for the first time. It was “Definitely a case of a producer’s rep knowing the best sales company for a film and making sure that company watched the film before any others,” said Richards.

Galli also acts as executive producer of the film alongside his associates at Kauzare Films, Tato Siansi and Victor Molin, and Alief + 4th & 7th’s Miguel Govea.

When I arrived at Kauzare Films, it was a company that made commercials,” said Galli. “I started to write the script and we bought all of the equipment we needed based on the shots I had in mind, went to the set, and here we are.

Going forward he says that he and his partners at Kauzare Films want their next project to be an international co-production but as for the immediate future, “Now we are gonna show the movie to the world. My head has lots of stories to tell and I am putting them on paper and developing them.

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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls Announced for iOS

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There’s a new Castlevania game coming our way, and whilst you might be a little disappointing that it’s not a fully fledged console release, you’ll be glad to know that it’s not a Pachinko either. It’s actually an iOS game by the name Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, and it takes the series back to its classic 2D roots.

Dracula, who has been a staple of Castlevania since day one, probably won’t be showing up in Grimoire of Souls, as the game takes place many years after his true and final death. Things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows following the demise of the Lord of Darkness, however, as you’ll have to hunt down a cursed Grimoire with the power to bring Dracula back into the world. Throughout the story mode, you’ll pay as a character named Genya Arikado, a newcomer to the series, as you team up with Lucy, a member of a mysterious research organization, to prevent Dracula’s resurrection.

Grimoire of Souls will also have a co-op mode which can be played by up to four players, in addition to a four-versus-four competitive mode. For these modes, players will be able to choose from a selection of popular Castlevania characters, including Simon Belmont, Maria Renard, Charlotte Aulin, and Dracula’s son, Alucard.

There’s currently no word on when Konami will publish Castlevania: Grimoire of Shadow on the iOS, although you can sign up for the Japanese closed beta right now.

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Channel 4’s New Series True Horror Opens With A Warning For Nervous Viewers

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If you live in the UK, now has never been a better time to renew your TV license. That’s because Channel 4 are broadcasting a new dramatized documentary series called “True Horror”, which will take you into the heart of four terrifying true horror stories.

In pure Channel 4 style, each episode will open with a disclaimer reading “scenes of paranormal activity may disturb viewers”, before heading straight into a mix of both real life interviews and scripted segments. The first season of “True Horror” will consist of four episodes, with a special called “The Witches’ Prison” also being broadcast on Halloween. Today’s episode will be called “Hellfire Farm”, and will recount the tale of a couple who moved into a supposedly haunted farm in the Welsh countryside. This installment was directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Kingsley, and will be shown at 10pm.

“True Horror” was produced by “The Enfield Haunting’s” Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, and stars James Dryden, Charlotte Eaton, Sammy Williams, Katie Jarvis, Adam Leese, Amy Morgan, and James Tarpey. And you really should watch the series, because it needs the ratings. If not, we’re just gonna get more of the soap opera and singing competition garbage that usually dominates British TV.

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Agony Had To Be Censored To Avoid An Adults Only Rating; PC Version Can Be Played Uncut

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Agony looks like one of the most explicit games we’ve ever seen, so it comes as no surprise that it had to be slightly censored in order to avoid an Adults Only rating from the ESRB. Now, before you go bitching about how much you hate censorship, keep in mind that the changes made to the game were minimal, with the camera having to be slightly obscured during some of the most extreme sequences so that it could secure an M-rating.

As AO-rated games are never released on consoles, the version of Agony coming to PS4 and Xbox One will be the slightly altered M-rated edition, whilst the PC version will come with an optional patch to remove the censorship and to experience a fully uncut version of the game.

As anyone familiar with the history of the ESRB will know, this isn’t the first time that a non-pornographic game ventured into Adults Only territory. The Punisher and Manhunt 2 both had to be censored in order to avoid an AO rating, whilst Hatred was released uncut on Steam with the rating intact.

Agony, which takes place in Hell, was developed by Madmind Studio, and will be published by PlayWay later this year.

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