Through the visceral terrors and complex character studies of Goodnight Mommy and The Lodge, filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala have established themselves as some of the boldest voices working in the horror genre, and they continue to build an impressively uncompromising résumé with their latest film, The Devil's Bath. Set in 18th-century Austria, The Devil's Bath follows a woman desperate to find a way out from her suffocating marriage at any cost... even her life.

With The Devil's Bath now streaming on Shudder, Daily Dead had the pleasure of talking with Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala about their latest collaboration, including their extensive research into real-life court records, authentically recreating the 1700s through the movie's costuming and production design, the importance of creating layered characters, and their excitement for their upcoming adaptation of Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts!

Synopsis: "In 1750 Austria, a deeply religious woman named Agnes has just married her beloved, but her mind and heart soon grow heavy as her life becomes a long list of chores and expectations. Day after day, she is increasingly trapped in a murky and lonely path leading to evil thoughts, until the possibility of committing a shocking act of violence seems like the only way out of her inner prison. Giving a voice to the invisible and unheard women of the rural past; THE DEVIL’S BATH is based on historical court records about a shocking, hitherto unexplored chapter of European history."

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    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.