Serious fans of art-house and underground horror cinema have likely heard rumors surrounding an allegedly “cursed” horror film allegedly made in the 1970s, which caused quite a commotion during its festival run, during which the film garnered many positive critical reviews and several awards and commendations.
That film, of course, was Antrum, and enigmatic filmmakers Michael Laicini & David Amito directed the film under the extended title Antrum: The Deadliest Movie Ever Made, with additional documentary footage explaining the recovered film’s dark and often deadly history. The newly-packaged feature won raves at prestigious genre fests – including Sitges in Spain, The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Frida Cinema’s Horrible Imaginings, Mexico’s Morbido Film Fest, and more… and it’s still screening at more fests this year, if you want to catch it on the big screen.
Distributor Uncork’d Entertainment acquired the rights to the film, and just made the surprise announcement that Antrum is now available for rent On Demand through most major online vendors.
The film’s seemingly simple theme involves a teenager and her little brother attempting to deal with the death of a beloved pet by participating in an occult ritual in the depths of the forest. While the ritual seems innocent enough, the brother becomes convinced they have released monstrous forces into the world, and the events which follow may prove him right… or is it all in his imagination? Or both?
The film itself is prefaced by a series of interviews about the film’s dangerous history and reputation, which includes reports of insanity and death allegedly traced back to an early release of the print… even the total destruction of the theater in which it was first screened. It’s as if the fictional “cursed” film featured in John Carpenter’s Masters of Horror episode “Cigarette Burns” actually existed, and with its own body count.
“This film has remained a mystery all year,” says Eric Thirteen, who co-executive-produced Antrum with David Bond. “We announced it was coming out, and no one really knew what it was. If you look around, you can find a lot of speculation. People were sure they’d figured it out, and I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised when they see the final trailer. Today it’s finally being released, and everyone will be able to see it for themselves.”
That trailer is available below, and it’s just a taste of the nightmarish scenario that is Antrum: The Deadliest Movie Ever Made.