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“THE LAST RITE,” a new UK exorcise in fear, gets U.S. release, trailer and poster

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

This film adds sleep paralysis to the demonic-possession formula.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced its acquisition of U.S. rights to THE LAST RITE, written and directed by Leroy Kincaide, with a VOD/digital release set for November 26. Bethan Waller, Johnny Fleming, Kit Smith, Tara Hoyos-Martinez, Ian Macnaughton, David Kerr and Deborah Blake. The synopsis: “Lucy [Waller], a study-from-home medical student and sleep paralysis victim, moves in with her boyfriend [Fleming] and finds out all is not as it seems, when she falls prey to a demonic force hell bent on ripping her apart from within. Torn between sanity and the unknown, Lucy is left with no alternative but to contact a local priest, Father Roberts [Smith], for help. With time running out and the dark force consuming her from inside, Father Roberts is forced to make a choice, do the right thing and get the church involved, or help Lucy by conducting his own exorcism against the will of the church.”

“I feel incredibly excited and thrilled to have my debut feature film find its home with the prestigious Samuel Goldwin Films, Kincaide says. “After all the blood and sweat equity that has gone into making THE LAST RITE possible, it feels great that the American audience will soon be able to watch my tale of a supernatural horror.” 

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.