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Hard to believe that July is already upon us, but before we all take off for some summer shenanigans over this long holiday weekend, here’s a look at all the great VOD titles coming our way this month, including one of my favorite films I’ve seen in 2016, Mickey Keating’s brilliant Carnage Park, which is being released by IFC Midnight.
Marauders, the latest from Steven C. Miller (The Aggression Scale, Silent Night) is also making its VOD premiere on July 1st, along with Magnet Releasing's Satanic, and Gravitas Ventures wants us to indulge in some Bachelor Games on July 8th. The haunting and beautiful Japanese animated film, Belladonna of Sadness—something all genre fans should experience at least once in their lifetimes (it’s amazing)—arrives on VOD on July 12th, and the revenge thriller Angels and Outlaws will be released on July 15th.
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- Heather Wixson
After decades of being neglected any true circulation within the United States, Eiichi Yamamoto‘s notorious animated feature Belladonna of Sadness (sometimes referred to as The Tragedy of Belladonna) will soon have its day in the sun. Cinelicious Pics are behind a new restoration that, on the basis of its 35mm-negative scan, looks rather beautiful, and whose supposed content immediately intrigues.
Described as “equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism,” its story of rape, revenge, witchcraft, and Satan makes for precisely the sort of cult item that’s bound for a major rediscovery — which is to say nothing of its innovative use of watercolor painting as a storytelling tool, here brought to a startlingly clear life. (And precisely the sort not made for children.) Step aside, Pixar — we have our most-anticipated animated film of the year.
Watch the trailer below:
One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, »
- Nick Newman
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