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Magnet grabs Sundance fright film “THE AMULET,” sets summer release

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Magnolia Pictures’ genre division has picked up the North American rights to Romola Garai’s chiller, which world-premiered as a Sundance Film Festival Midnight selection earlier this year.

Written and directed by actress-turned-filmmaker Garai, whose onscreen credits include THE LAST DAYS ON MARS and the British miniseries BORN TO KILL, AMULET Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton and Angeliki Papoulia and will be released by Magnet in theaters and on VOD July 24. The synopsis: “AMULET follows Tomaz [Secareanu], a former soldier who is left homeless after an accident and takes refuge in the decaying home of Magda [Juri], a lonely young woman in desperate need of help as she cares for her ailing mother. At first hesitant, Magda soon welcomes Tomaz into their lives. But as he gets closer to and begins to fall for Magda, Tomaz notices strange and unexplainable phenomena. Something seems very wrong with the mysterious old woman who never leaves the top floor, and Tomaz begins to suspect that Magda may in fact be a prisoner to her otherworldly bidding.”

“Romola Garai has crafted an intensely atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat thriller with AMULET,” says Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “We think audiences will be as wigged out as we were.” Garai adds, “It is such an honor to know that AMULET will be distributed by Magnet Releasing and a thrill to see our film’s name alongside their incredibly prestigious body of work. I know that their expertise and great taste will make this the absolute best place for AMULET to find its audience.”

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.