Hagazussa - A Heathen’s Curse
Taking the spellbinding folk-horror of The Witch to the next level, this ominous fable of superstition and paranoia manifests in 15th century Austria, where a single mother forced to live alone in the woods finds herself descending into a sadomasochistic, cannibalistic, psychedelic nightmare.
In 15th century Austria, a cold winter lies heavy upon the Alps, while superstition reigns unquestioned over the local peasantry. In a remote alpine hut, Albrun and her mother live upon a meager subsistence, herding goats and foraging the nearby forest for food. But when her mother dies of a mysterious illness, leaving Albrun orphaned at an early age, she is left traumatized and alone, all but shunned by the nearby villagers—a situation only made worse, some twenty years later, when she bears her own child out of wedlock. However, one villager, the mysterious Swinda, lures Albrun into an uneasy friendship, tempting her with sensual delights. Meanwhile, outside, the eerie voice of her mother calls from the dark, gloomy woods. Are these the nightmarish cries of a deluded mind or a true force of supernatural evil? In his feature film debut, director Lukas Feigelfeld delivers an engaging, meditative piece of the Fantastique, filled with atmospheric, gothic imagery and a lush, evocative sound design. While reminiscent of 2016's The Witch, Hagazussa also draws upon such cult masterpieces as The Company of Wolves and Eraserhead to formulate a unique art-house chiller with a macabre, psychedelic climax.
Lukas Feigelfeld is a freelance editor, writer, and director who finds wonder in the individualized and creative process that is filmmaking. A Vienna native, he traveled to Berlin to study at the Film Academy and has developed a signature style best known for dark undertones and a lingering pace that captivates audiences. Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse is his first feature film.
Sponsored by Scarecrow Video, Bill Speidel's Paranormal Underground Tour
- Director: Lukas Feigelfeld
- Principal Cast: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Germany
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 102 minutes
- Producer: Lukas Feigelfeld
- Screenplay: Lukas Feigelfeld
- Cinematographers: Mariel Baqueiro
- Editors: Jorg Volkmar
- Music: Jorg Volkmar
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Fantastic Fest 2017 (Best Picture, Next Wave Features)
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: German
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Raven Banner Entertainment