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Hallucinatory ’70s horror “ARREBATO” (“RAPTURE”) coming to VOD next month

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

A favorite of critics and Pedro Almodóvar, it will soon see its widest exposure yet.

Altered Innocence has announced a December 21 North American VOD date for ARREBATO (RAPTURE), a 4K restoration of Spanish writer/director Iván Zulueta’s 1979 feature. It was the final film by Zulueta, a cult auteur and poster designer, and stars Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, Marta Fernández Muro, Helena Fernán-Gómez, Carmen Giralt and Max Madera. The synopsis: “Horror movie director José [Poncela] is adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. As his belated second feature nears completion, his reclusive bubble is popped by two events: a sudden reappearance from an ex-girlfriend and a package from past acquaintance Pedro [More]: a reel of Super-8 film, an audiotape, and a door key. From there, the boundaries of time, space, and sexuality are erased as José is once more sucked into Pedro’s vampiric orbit. Together, they attempt the ultimate hallucinogenic catharsis through a moebius strip of filming and being filmed.”

ARREBATO will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vimeo, and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray January 25. See our interview with film historian Michael Frost, who performed a complete retranslation of the movie for this new release, here.

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.