Horror Film ‘Kill Your Lover’ Due in Theaters and on Digital Platforms June 7

Dark Sky Films will release the horror film Kill Your Lover in select theaters and for digital sale and VOD on June 7.

The study of the dark side of relationships, combining frank sexuality with intense body horror, is the feature-filmmaking debut of Alix Austin and Keir Siewert, following award-winning short films such as Sucker, Portrait and Retch.

In the film, Dakota (Paige Gilmour, also making her feature debut) has had enough of her toxic relationship with Axel (Shane Quigley Murphy, Vikings: Valhalla, Foundation), and tries to end it. But Axel can’t let Dakota go, and the stress of her attempted breakup causes his body to sprout grotesque black veins. He starts to become a literal monster, with a touch that burns flesh, and their once passionate relationship quickly descends into a horror show. The cast also includes May Kelly (Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey), Chloe Wigmore (Breaking the Band) and Joshua Whincup.

Siewert also edited Kill Your Lover, and Thibault Chavanis provided the musical score. The grisly makeup effects were created by Rebecca Wheeler (Boiling Point, The Siege). The movie was selected to have its world premiere as the Opening Night feature at the 2023 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, and will also play at FilmQuest 2023, where Austin and Murphy are nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively and the movie is up for Best Visual Effects.

Psychological Thriller ‘Mother May I?’ Due on Digital, in Theaters July 21

Dark Sky Films has announced a July 21 digital release date for Mother May I?, a psychological thriller from director-writer Laurence Vannicelli.

The film, which stars Kyle Gallner (Smile, Dinner In America) and Holland Roden (Teen Wolf), will be available for rental or purchase from digital retailers the same day it opens a limited theatrical run.

In Mother May I?, Emmett (Gallner) and Anya (Roden) unexpectedly inherit his estranged mother’s house after her passing. Emmett wants to clean and flip his recently deceased mother’s house: get in, get out, and avoid any trauma still lingering from when she abandoned him as a young child. Anya, his fiancé, sees this as an opportunity to finally force Emmett to deal with his trauma because she believes it is preventing him from being the partner she needs. So she convinces him to take mushrooms to get him to let go. But while they’re tripping, she starts behaving like his mother. The next morning he wakes up sober, but she still won’t drop the act, leaving Emmett to wonder whether Anya is simply taking the game too far or his mother’s spirit has somehow possessed her.

The cast also includes Chris Mulkey (“Twin Peaks”).

Vannicelli developed Mother, May I? with his partner, Daisy Long, a former ballerina, who choreographed the dancing seen in the film’s supernatural sequences.

Argentinian Drama ‘The Attachment Diaries’ Gets April 21 Digital Release

Dark Sky Films will release the Argentinian drama The Attachment Diaries through digital retailers on April 21.

The film, originally titled El Apego, is set in 1970s Argentina. A desperate young woman goes to a clinic to have a clandestine abortion. As her pregnancy is already through the fourth month, the doctor refuses. Instead, she proposes to sell the baby to one of her clients and offers to provide shelter in her house until the child is born. Their disturbed personalities  become intertwined in a strange and dangerous relationship

The Attachment Diaries was written and directed by Valentín Javier Diment, who also produced the film with Vanesa Pagani.

Dark Sky Releasing ‘Landlocked’ Digitally and Theatrically Jan. 6

Dark Sky Films will release the sci-fi thriller Landlocked via VOD, digital purchase and in select theaters Jan. 6, 2023.

A unique combination of documentary and narrative filmmaking, Landlocked incorporates actual home movies into a horrifying fictitious storyline. Summoned to his soon-to-be demolished childhood home, a man discovers an old VHS camera that can see into the past, driving him to record as many memories as possible before the doomed house is destroyed.

The film, the directorial debut of Paul Owens, took 10 years to complete using his own home movies, casting his real-life family to play fictionalized versions of themselves, and filmed in the actual locations where he spent his youth.

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Original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Film Headed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is finally being released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, nearly 50 years after the Tobe Hooper-helmed horror classic made its controversial theatrical debut.

Dark Sky Films is releasing a director-approved 4K restoration of the film, with nearly seven hours of bonus content, on Feb. 28, 2023, at a suggested retail price of $44.98. A Steelbook edition is priced at $54.98.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre terrified audiences when it was released in a politically and socially tumultuous America in 1974. Facing a storm of controversy, censorship and outcry, the film is now considered a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone.

The film follows a group of young friends (played by Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail and Teri McMinn) who while roadtripping through Texas in a van who fall victim to a bizarre family of cannibals — including a huge masked madman known as Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) who always has a gas-powered chain saw at the ready. The shocker originated many elements of the slasher genre, including the use of power tools as murder weapons, a hulking faceless killer, a desolate rural setting, and the sadistic slaughter of innocent young victims.

Upon its initial theatrical release, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was banned in several countries, and many theaters in the U.S. stopped showing it due to complaints about its violence. But the low-budget film was hugely successful, grossing more than $30 million domestically, and is now regarded as one of the most influential horror movies. It led to a franchise that continued the story of Leatherface and his family through sequels, prequels, a remake, comic books and video games.

Disc one of the new Dark Sky Films release includes the 4K UHD feature film and four commentary tracks: from writer-producer-director Hooper; Hooper with actor Hansen and cinematographer Daniel Pearl; actors Burns, Danziger and Partain with production designer Robert Burns; and Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou. 

Disc two features the film on regular Blu-ray Disc, along with a new, never-before-seen feature-length documentary, The Legacy of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and several featurettes. These include “The Cinefamily Presents Friedkin/Hooper,” a conversation about the film between Hooper and The Exorcist director William Friedkin; “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth”; “Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw”; a tour of the TCSM house with Hansen; “Off the Hook with Teri McMinn”; and “The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman.” Also included are deleted scenes and outtakes, a blooper reel, trailers, vintage TV and radio spots, and more.

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’ Headed to Blu-ray Disc, DVD Dec. 7

Dark Sky Films has set a Dec. 7 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for Broadcast Signal Intrusion, a sci-fi thriller inspired by actual events.

Starring and executive produced by Harry Shum Jr., the film was directed by Jacob Gentry and also stars Chris Sullivan and Kelley Mack.

While logging tapes of decades-old TV broadcasts, video archivist James (Shum Jr.) discovers a surreal and disturbing clip he believes is the product of a mysterious broadcast signal hacking. His discovery takes a sinister turn when he tracks down similar broadcast intrusions that send him on an obsessive mission. Now James must confront two very real possibilities: that the videos may be clues to a crime beyond all comprehension; and that whoever was behind them may be very aware that James is coming uncomfortably close to the truth.

Broadcast Signal Intrusion was inspired by actual broadcast interruptions that occurred in Chicago in the late 1980s, and remain unsolved to this day.