Film Review: ‘Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse’

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Film Review: ‘Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse’
If “The Witch” had been directed by the early-career Werner Herzog of “Aguirre,” “Heart of Glass,” and “Even Dwarfs Started Small,” the result might have been something in the spirit of “Hagazussa,” Lukas Feigelfeld’s wholly arresting feature debut. Given the extended U.S. title “A Heathen’s Curse” to underline saleable supernatural elements, this enigmatic folktale-cum-horror is likely to flummox or even exasperate mainstream genre fans with its sparse plotting, slow pace, and near-impenetrable mysteries. But its mix of the poetical, repugnant, and phantasmagorical will weave a singular spell for more adventuresome, arthouse-friendly viewers.

Nearly two years after its premiere at Fantastic Fest 2017, it’s getting a limited U.S. theatrical release from Music Box’s genre subsidiary Doppelgänger, with a home-formats launch planned for the following week. Cult status is assured, and future work from Vienna native Feigelfeld — this is, incredibly, his film school graduation project — will be eagerly awaited.
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First Us Trailer for German Medieval Witch Horror Film 'Hagazussa'

"Come to me." Doppelgänger Releasing has debuted a new official Us trailer for the German horror thriller Hagazussa, set in the 15th century in Europe in a remote village in the Alps. Made by Austrian filmmaker Lukas Feigelfeld, this premiered at a number of major horror festivals in late 2017, but is just now making its way to American cinemas. Hagazussa is about an orphan woman named Albrun, played by Aleksandra Cwen, who begins to assert her otherworldly birthright as a marked woman. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. Described as "Germany's answer to The Witch that has stunning atmosphere mixed with brooding terror... Fans of slow-burn horror are going to want to settle in next to a crackling fire and let the story wash over them." The cast includes Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovskij, Haymon Maria Buttinger, and Celina Peter. Check out this snowy,
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Exclusive Trailer & Poster for Gothic Folk Horror Film Hagazussa, Coming This April from Doppelgänger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting

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,
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