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SXSW-premiering, bloody animated fantasy “THE SPINE OF NIGHT” lands distribution

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Spines and many other body parts are removed, destroyed and otherwise mishandled in a film with a genre-stellar voice cast.

RLJE Films and Shudder have announced their acquisition of North American rights to THE SPINE OF NIGHT, following its world premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival. RLJE plans a theatrical release later in 2021, followed by a Shudder premiere for the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand in 2022. Written and directed by Philip Gelatt (THEY REMAIN) and Morgan Galen King, the movie features the voices of Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless (ASH VS. EVIL DEAD), Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel (GET OUT, UPGRADE), Joe Manganiello (TRUE BLOOD), Jordan Douglas Smith, Patrick Breen and Larry Fessenden. The synopsis: “In THE SPINE OF NIGHT, an ultraviolent fantasy epic, ancient dark magic falls into sinister hands and unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. A group of heroes from different eras and cultures must band together in order to defeat it at all costs.”

“THE SPINE OF NIGHT is like the insane love child of HEAVY METAL and MANDY,” says RLJE’s chief acquisitions officer Mark Ward. “The audience response out of SXSW proves this is an instant classic that will be playing on midnight movie screens for years to come.” Adds Shudder GM Craig Engler, “THE SPINE OF NIGHT absolutely shreds. It’s a fantasy-horror epic that rides lightning directly into the hearts of genre and cult film fans.” See our review of THE SPINE OF NIGHT 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.