RLJE Films and Shudder Acquire SXSW Movie ‘The Spine of Night’ for Release This Year

Fresh from its SXSW premiere, the animated fantasy-horror movie The Spine of Night has been acquired for U.S. release by RLJE Films and Shudder, Deadline reports this week.

The plan is for a theatrical release this year, and a Shudder premiere in 2021.

Meagan wrote of the film in her SXSW review, “It’s an ambitious, high-concept fantasy anthology epic that spans time, leaving a trail of bodies and entrails in its wake.”

Written and directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King, the animated film stars Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel and Joe Manganiello.

Abby Savage, Larry Fessenden and Rob McClure also star.

“This epic begins many years ago when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant and, as he falls to its darker temptations, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, there are many who stand against him. Among them are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.”

The Spine of Night is an ultra-violent, hand-rotoscoped epic fantasy inspired by the cult classic works of animators Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta. The film is set in a fantasy land ripe with magic and intrigue where a dark force is unleashed sending mankind into an age of ruin. It falls on heroes from different eras and cultures to fight back.”

Find the official teaser below, courtesy of Yellow Veil Pictures.

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