The pagan cult horror Sacrilege follows a group of young women during celebrations for the Summer solstice, as they are offered up as a sacrifice to a mysterious pagan goddess, who has the ability to sense their greatest fears.
Using this power against them, she turns their nightmares into a horrifying reality. Lead cast include Tamaryn Payne (Stalled, Vendetta), Emily Wyatt (Mission of Honor, Rise of the foot soldier: The Heist), Naomi Willow (NSR: The Jade, Bonded by Blood 2), Emma Spurgin Hussey (The Curse of Hobbes House, A Werewolf in England), Rory Wilton (An English Haunting, Fisherman’s Friends) and Sian Abrahams (Listen, Complete Strangers).
The film was written and directed by David Creed, produced by Mark Kenna for British production company Bad Blood Films. Executive producers include both Creed and Kenna, alongside Robin Holder and Layan Nourouz.
Below Davie Creed, director of Sacrilege, tells us about his favorite horror film:
“Being asked to choose your favourite Horror movie is Herculean task, I’ve been a fan of Horror in all its glorious forms since i was a kid reading the battered copy of James Herbert’s ‘The Rats’ that i found in the park near my house or my first sneaked viewing of John Carpenters classic ‘Halloween’ on VHS, yes I’m that old.
There are so many outstanding worthy contenders from my childhood like ‘The Shining’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Hellraiser’, ‘Candyman’ and the aforementioned ‘Halloween’ to name just a few, or the more recent ‘The Conjuring’, ’28 Days Later’, ‘Shaun of the Dead’ or ‘Sinister’, all of which i watch multiple times a year.
For me it came down to the one movie that I will actively turn all other distractions off for, wrap my hands round my favourite mug of coffee and hunker down to some uninterrupted horror pleasure and that film is unequivocally John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’.
I’m not a fan of the cold, give me a beach any time, plus lock in the remoteness and the cramped quarters overflowing with testosterone and alpha male behaviour even before throwing a shape-shifting alien into the mix and you’ve got the setting for a perfect storm of tension.
Carpenter expertly weaves the different characters together without letting any of them overpower the others.
Carpenter allows us time with each of the characters, getting to know them just enough before moving on to the next one, keeping us slightly at arms length enough to keep up the mystery.
The initial incident with the Norwegians and the dog is soon almost forgotten by the characters but not by us, it’s a masterclass in rising tension and mystery, who has been infected, who will turn into a ‘Thing’? On every level this movie is captivating, from the performances of all the cast, the set design to the still astonishing visual effects.
Even though i know the rib crushing scene, the blood in the dish scene, the dog kennel scene etc are coming, they still shock and amaze me to this day and what is there left to say about that final scene, Childs and McCready the apparently last survivors, sat in the snow, with the heat from the fire slowly diminishing, no energy left to fight and with no clue as if either of them are the Thing.
Horror can take many shapes, and that shape for me, is ‘The Thing’.”
Distributor and World sales company Devilworks picked up North American rights and have released Sacrilege across both the USA and Canada. The film will receive a full home entertainment release, with a DVD and Premium TVOD day-and-date from March 16th, followed by a full VOD release.