HAGAZUSSA, The Next Best Gothic Folk Horror Since The Witch?


Following a successful run in the film festival earlier this year, the next great gothic folk horror entitled Hagazussa will receive a limited theatrical release in the U.S. very soon.  

That’s right! Hagazussa is Germany’s answer to The Witch, so expect April to be as sinister or even worse. Austrian director Lukas Feigelfeld managed to create a haunting pagan death trip— 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. 

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. 

For an early look at Hagazussa, horror hounds can check out the official trailer and poster, courtesy of Dailydead.com. 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

Below is the list of theaters. Enjoy! 

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 

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