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IFC dates “SACRIFICE,” with Radha Mitchell, and “THE DEAD ROOM”

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IFC Films continues to give U.S. exposure to fright features from around the world under its IFC Midnight banner, and the company has now slated a new pair of international chillers for release this spring.

Hailing from New Zealand, THE DEAD ROOM (pictured above) will hit select theaters and VOD April 8. Directed by Jason Stutter from a script he wrote with producer Kevin Stevens, it stars Jed Brophy from DEAD ALIVE and numerous other Peter Jackson films, Jeffrey Thomas and Laura Petersen. The synopsis: “Inspired by a 1970s urban legend, this atmospheric nerve-shredder follows two scientists [Brophy and Thomas] and a young psychic [Petersen] as they travel to the countryside to investigate mysterious goings-on at a remote farmhouse. Skepticism quickly turns to terror, as the researchers’ presence unsettles a seriously angry demonic presence possessing the home. Upping the haunted-house movie ante with visceral camerawork and unsettling sound design, THE DEAD ROOM creates a sense of palpable danger lurking in every corner and hallway.” And no, it’s not found footage; watch THE DEAD ROOM’s trailer below, and check out its official website and Facebook page.

April 29 sees the theatrical/VOD debut of SACRIFICE, written and directed by FLIGHTPLAN scripter Peter A. Dowling from the novel by S.J. Bolton, and starring Radha Mitchell from PITCH BLACK, SILENT HILL and THE CRAZIES. The synopsis: “Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton [Mitchell] moves with her husband [Rupert Graves] to the Shetland Islands—100 miles off the coast of Scotland—she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.” David Robb and Ian McElhinney also star.

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