By MICHAEL GINGOLD
From the country that spawned the occult horror favorites THE HALLOW and THE CANAL comes BEYOND THE WOODS, which sees release beginning next month. Read on for the info and to check out a batch of exclusive pics and the trailer.
The Irish-lensed BEYOND THE WOODS, written and directed by Sean Breathnach, will be released by Left Films on UK VOD February 5 and UK DVD (region-free) February 19, followed by U.S./Canada DVD and VOD March 2; the discs will include cast interviews. The movie has played numerous fests including Montreal’s World International Film Festival (where it won Best Feature Film), and stars John Ryan Howard, Claire Loy, Ross MacMahon, Irene Kelleher, Mark Lawrence, Alan Riordan, Seán McGillicuddy and Ruth Hayes. The synopsis: “Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway, but unfortunately for them, a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It’s burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them…but it’s getting worse. Soon troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has crawled from the sinkhole, and will any of them survive the weekend?”