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Acclaimed folk-horror film “HELLBENDER” gets a trailer, poster and Shudder date

Friday, January 14, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Already one of 2022’s best-reviewed genre movies, it’ll start making you shiver next month.

Shudder has announced that HELLBENDER will premiere exclusively on its platform Thursday, February 24. Written, produced and directed by the Adams family–Toby Poser, John Adams and Zelda Adams, who also created THE DEEPER YOU DIG–it also stars the trio along with Lulu Adams. The synopsis: “16-year-old Izzy [Zelda Adams] suffers from a rare illness that has kept her isolated on a mountaintop with her mother [Poser] her whole life. As Izzy begins to question her sickness, she pushes back against her confinement and secretly befriends Amber [Lulu Adams], another girl living on the mountain, but her newfound happiness is derailed after she eats a live worm as part of a juvenile game and finds an insatiable and violent hunger awakened within her. To understand the hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of her family’s past and the ancient power in her bloodline.”

See our review of HELLBENDER here, and read our interview with the Adams family in RUE MORGUE #204, now on sale.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.