Bad Blood Films have confirmed that their folk-horror Sacrilege will be heading to digital download from 27th September.
The film stars a host of British talent, including Tamaryn Payne (Hollyoaks), Emily Wyatt (Rise of the Footsoldier), Sian Abrahams (Complete Strangers), Naomi Willow (A Guide To Second Date Sex), Ian Champion (Property), Rory Wilton (Fisherman’s Friends) & Emma Spurgin Hussey (Poldark).
Four lifelong friends head to a remote lodge for a weekend of fun. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a fight for their lives when a local Pagan cult offer them up to their Goddess as a sacrifice for the Solstice.
Sacrilege was produced and filmed in the South West of England where Producer Mark Kenna and Writer/ Director David Creed reside. Much of the film was shot in nearby Forest of Dean, as well as Weston-Super-Mare.
The film was scheduled for a UK wide release in March 2020 and premiered at Empire Cineworld in Leicester Square to a packed out screening. Unfortunately, within days, the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the country and many of the film’s screenings were curtailed.
Mark Kenna, the film’s producer stated:
“We’re thrilled that UK audiences will finally be able to get the chance to watch Sacrilege. We’ve been blown away by its reception in the US and it’s great to see it finally come home after a tumultuous eighteen months”.
Bad Blood Films pushed the limits of the budget by using a drone for the opening credit scene, as well as making use of a robot camera dolly and a five-camera set-up for the Ritual scene, casting 60 local residents as extras.
The company also tested what could be done within independent filmmaking in terms of special effects, bringing in stunt man David Anders (Spectre, Wonder Woman) in order to set him on fire for a scene. This was a remarkable feat within the independent filmmaking industry, with most companies opting for the less realistic alternative of CGI. More information on the Burning Man stunt scene can be found here.
This will be Bristol-based Bad Blood Films’ first feature-length title, however, they are already in different stages of production with five upcoming horror titles, starting with supernatural The Rippers Ghost and creature-feature horror Facility 31.
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