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Backwoods chiller “SATOR,” a one-person project, gets North American distribution

Thursday, July 30, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Having premiered at last year’s Fantasia International Film Festival and played other notable fests, Jordan Graham’s eerie feature is now set for commercial release.

SATOR, which also screened at the Telluride Horror Show and the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, has been picked up by 1091 Pictures, which will open it in North America on a date to be determined. Graham was the director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor and composer of SATOR; the synopsis: “The film follows as a demon known as Sator observes an intimate family secluded in the woods. Graham’s own grandmother, June Peterson, now passed, recounts her real personal history with the mysterious entity on screen, alongside newcomers Michael Daniel, Aurora Lowe, Gabriel Nicholson and Rachel Johnson.”

“SATOR is quite personal to me,” Graham says. “It delves into my family’s dark history with mental illness surrounding a supernatural entity, and uses home video footage to create an interwoven piece between documentary and fiction. After working on this project for seven years, I am so grateful that 1091 has picked up the film, allowing it to finally find an audience.” Watch SATOR’s Fantasia trailer below.

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.