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Last summer, we posted a nifty little trailer for “Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer” director Jon Knautz’s creepy occult outing “The Shrine”. Since then, very little news has been unearthed about the project, leaving this jaded horror fan to wonder if it would ever see a proper release here in the US. Thankfully, IFC has finally stepped up to the plate, snagging distribution rights to the talented director’s second genre-related endeavor. No word yet as to when, precisely, the company will unleash the film into theaters, VOD, and/or DVD, but one has to assume it will be sometime this year. Of course, I said the same thing last July, so whatever you do, don’t quote me on that.
Here’s what the film is about:
After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote Polish village called Alvaina. Upon further investigation, the journalists discover that Alvaina has a history of bizarre cult activity revolving around human sacrifice. Hellbent on revealing the truth, they travel to the small village to uncover the story first hand. But after the discovery of an ancient stone statue hidden within the town, they quickly find themselves pursued by a mysterious and vengeful group of locals. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon realize that Alvaina hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.
If you’re curious, check out the trailer below.