Horror director Simon Barrett has announced that he will be releasing his new film, The Ritual, exclusively on Shudder.
Over the last decade, horror fans have been treated to a slew of indie blockbusters, from You’re Next to The Guest to Blair Witch, with writer Simon Barrett making his feature-film directorial debut with Seance earlier this year. With the coronavirus epidemic still affecting cinemas at the time of its premiere, not all horror fans may have been able to see Seance, but the picture has been announced to make its exclusive streaming debut on Shudder on September 29th. With Shudder becoming the go-to streaming service for horror lovers, the release of Seance will just be the beginning of the platform’s intriguing offers in the coming months.
“Known for creating some of the most renowned horror films of the last decade, Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest) authored the script and directs his feature directorial debut with Seance,” according to the press release. Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Madisen Beaty (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ella-Rae Smith (Into the Badlands, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Inanna Sarkis (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, After Franchise), Seamus Patterson (Channel Zero), Marina Stephenson-Kerr (Channel Zero), and (Channel Zero).
“Camille Meadows is a new student at the renowned Edelvine Academy for Girls in Seance. Six girls ask her to join them in a late-night ceremony to summon the ghost of a deceased former student who is said to haunt their halls shortly after she arrives. However, one of the girls dies before dawn, leaving the others to wonder what they have awoken.”
Barrett has said that, although the film may seem to be a departure for him, it is a subject and subgenre about which he is very enthusiastic.
“I adore murder mysteries and old-fashioned, classical murder mysteries on an almost genetic level,” Barrett said. “My mother is a mystery fiction writer herself.” “When I was a child, she had a short story published in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, as well as Amazing Stories and other magazines, and I simply grew up [on them] ever since I was a small kid. I started with Agatha Christie and worked my way up to what I’m reading today. I’m still a big fan of Agatha Christie, but I’m reading a lot more now. Actually, I don’t read much mystery fiction these days because, let’s face it, a lot of contemporary work doesn’t appeal to me, and many of my favorite writers have passed away. Loren D. Estleman is someone I like reading from time to time. It was a lot of the older, classical literature by long-dead writers that formed my character. Because Envious Casca and Death in the Stocks are two major inspirations on Seance, I’ve been referring to Georgette Heyer a lot.”
He said, “Sarah Caldwell, a mystery writer whose book Thus Was Adonis Murdered was a major inspiration, was also a huge impact. And it’s things like that that, honestly, if I could tell Adam all of that, he’d just be like, “That’s fantastic. It’s entirely right, “However, that is more of a personal interest of mine. So it was truly just that I wanted to make a film of this type and not the snarky, crazy one. I wanted to do the genuine version, which is, I believe, what we constantly strive to accomplish and which perplexes so many people. I guess I’m recognizing that I’m getting closer to my objective of being a weird filmmaker because I’m beginning to believe that my choices aren’t that strange anymore.”
Shudder will release Seance on September 29th.
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