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After unleashing the hard-rocking Heavy Trip to great acclaim last year, Doppelgänger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting are looking to conjure a sinister spell this April with their second release, Lukas Feigelfeld's Hagazussa, and we've been provided with the exclusive trailer, poster, and release details for the movie that looks to be a dark godsend for viewers who have been on the hunt for the next great gothic folk horror film since seeing The Witch.

Doppelgänger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting will unleash Hagazussa in select theaters across the US in mid-to-late April before bringing it to Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on April 23rd.

We have the official press release with complete details below (including the full list of cities you can see Hagazussa in this April), as well as the new Hagazussa US trailer and poster that are here to haunt your psyche with beautifully unnerving imagery.

Press Release: Chicago, IL (March 11, 2019) – The evocative and atmospheric HAGAZUSSA, the debut feature from Austrian filmmaker Lukas Feigelfeld, is a haunting pagan death trip—a startling vision of psychedelic horror set in a dark past when Europe suffered from the paranoia and superstition that swept the land.

HAGAZUSSA (a.k.a. HAGAZUSSA: A HEATHEN’S CURSE) will receive a limited theatrical release across the U.S. in mid-April, followed immediately by its release on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD platforms.

In the 15th Century in the remote Austrian Alps, the orphan Albrun (Celina Peter) grows up to be a simple goatherd living in solitude...and a marked woman. As a scapegoat of ancient myths and monstrous misogyny, Albrun (portrayed by Aleksandra Cwen as an adult) finds herself tormented by the local townsfolk, driving her to unleash the inner darkness that swells within her. A self-styled witch, Albrun soon exercises her other-worldly birthright and conjures a plague that makes the surrounding human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison.

“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,” says HAGAZUSSA writer/director Feigelfeld on his exploration of the intersection between ancient magic, faith and madness. “[I also wanted] to dig deeper into her psyche and see her as the traumatized, mistreated and finally delusional person that society constructed.”

HAGAZUSSA is the second title scheduled released under the new distribution deal between Doppelgänger Releasing, the genre label of Music Box Films, and Bloody Disgusting, the country’s leading horror genre website.

HAGAZUSSA enjoyed lauded screenings at genre festivals across the globe, including Germany’s Filmfest Nights, Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival and Austin’s colossal Fantastic Fest. Opening in limited theaters in top markets across the U.S. beginning April 19th, HAGAZUSSA will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, FandangoNow, GooglePlay, Vudu and YouTube) on April 23, 2019.

Acclaimed by Bloody Disgusting as Germany’s answer to the 2015 cult favorite The Witch, HAGAZUSSA is a creepy creation filled with just the right mix of moody atmosphere, brooding terror and supernatural dread to ignite the fire of slow-burn horror fans everywhere.
More information on HAGAZUSSA may be found on the Doppelgänger Releasing website at www.musicboxfilms.com/film/hagazussa

HAGAZUSSA -- Theater locations and dates
*Please check Doppelganger Releasing website for additional dates & info
Los Angeles (Monica Film Center): April 19
New York (Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn): April 19
Chicago (Music Box Theater): April 19
San Francisco (Alamo Drafthouse New Mission) April 19
Seattle (Grand Illusion Cinema): April 19
Phoenix (Filmbar)
Houston (Alamo Drafthouse La Centerra): April 24
Washington D.C. (Alamo Drafthouse Winchester): April 26
Portland (Hollywood Theater): April 30

Directors/screenwriter: Lukas Feigelfeld; Cast: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovsky, Haymon Maria Buttinger; Running Time:102 min.; Genre: Horror; Format: 2.35:1 widescreen; Sound Format: 5.1 Surround; Rating: NR; Country: Germany and Austria; Language: German with English subtitles.

Home Entertainment Release:
Doppelgänger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting
BLU-RAY, DVD and VOD RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2019
PRE-ORDER DATE: March 15, 2019
Price: DVD $19.95; Blu-ray $24.95
Bonus Features

  • “Interference” a short film by Lukas Feigelfeld
  • Select and deleted scenes with director commentary
  • Music video by MMMD

About Doppelgänger Releasing:
Doppelgänger Releasing is the genre label of Music Box Films. Launched in 2013, highlights include the Slamdance award-winner 100 BLOODY ACRES, Santiago Segura’s TORRENTE series, and Fabrice Du Welz’s psychosexual thriller ALLELUIA. Recent releases include the Blu-ray debut of Wes Craven’s 1978 cult classic SUMMER OF FEAR and Dario Argento’s OPERA, THE CHURCH, and THE SECT. SXSW and Fantasia Festival favorite HEAVY TRIP was the label's first co-presentation with genre website Bloody Disgusting, with a follow-up release of the German horror film HAGAZUSSA in 2019. For more information, please visit www.doppelgangerreleasing.com.

Derek Anderson
About the Author - Derek Anderson

Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.

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