Pagan rituals seems to all the rage these days, especially with the hype swirling around Ari Aster’s Midsommar. But, why wait until August when you could check out Hagazussa this April? This German horror film is Bloody Disgusting’s latest foray into film distribution, pairing with Doppelgänger Releasing to bring this film to a wider audience.
Some have called Hagazussa the German response to The VVitch, which already gets me excited. The trailer also boasts quotes from publications calling the film “a medieval feminized Eraserhead,” which is high praise. The trailer has such an unnerving vibe, from its low, droning score to its unsettling, yet beautiful, visuals.
This is the official synopsis from Doppelgänger Releasing:
“In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror.”
In an interview with Feigelfeld, he said he wanted to explore ancient magic, faith, and mental illness. “After researching old pagan beliefs and folklore about witches that were supposed to roam the mountain woods in those times, my interest was to develop a character that these folk tales would have branded as a witch,” he said to Bloody Disgusting. “[I also wanted] to dig deeper into her psyche and see her as the traumatized, mistreated and finally delusional person that society constructed.”
The film will star Aleksandra Cwen (Interferenz) as adult Albrun and Celina Peter as young Albrun.
Hagazussa debuted at the 2017 Fantastic Festival, winning Best Picture in the “Next Wave” Features category. It’s also toured the international festival circuit, including BFI London Film Festival 2017 and Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2017.
Hagazussa will open in limited theaters on April 19th before coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on April 23rd. What do you think of Bloody Disgusting’s latest film? Will you be catching it in theaters? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!