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Trailer and poster for SXSW premiere “JAKOB’S WIFE,” with Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Following its fest debut, the religion-tinged chiller sees wide release next month.

JAKOB’S WIFE, directed by Travis Stevens (GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR) from a script he wrote with Mark Steensland and Kathy Charles, is part of this week’s on-line SXSW Film Festival, and hits select theaters and VOD/digital platforms April 16. Barbara Crampton (RE-ANIMATOR, YOU’RE NEXT), veteran genre filmmaker/actor Larry Fessenden, Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2, VAMP), Bonnie Aarons (THE NUN, THE CONJURING 2) and GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR star Phil Brooks (a.k.a. CM Punk) star. The synopsis: “Anne [Crampton] is married to a small-town minister [Fessenden] and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with ‘The Master,’ she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.” See our interview with Crampton about the movie 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.