By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Spanish director Agustí Villaronga, who outraged viewers with his 1986 shocker IN A GLASS CAGE, took cues from occultist Aleister Crowley for his 1989 film MOON CHILD (EL NIÑO DE LA LUNA). Hard to see for many years, it’s now coming to U.S. disc, restored in high definition.
Cult Epics has announced that it will release MOON CHILD in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack April 24. Written and directed by Villaronga and inspired by Crowley’s 1923 novel of the same title, the movie stars Maribel Martín (THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE), musician/film composer Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance (which did MOON CHILD’s score), Enrique Saldana, Lucia Bosé and GLASS CAGE leads David Sust and Gunter Meisner. According to the official synopsis, “the film centers around the extraordinary 12-year-old David [Saldana], who has been adopted by a treacherous scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common. He begins an archetypal journey across two continents with Georgina [Gerrard] to find his destiny as Child of the Moon.”
The 1.66:1 transfer with DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround audio (Spanish with optional English subtitles) will be accompanied by a new interview with Villaronga, a lobby card photo gallery, outtakes and isolated tracks of Dead Can Dance’s soundtrack, which has never been released before. Retail price is $34.95.