Helmed by veteran TV and film director Jeremy Wooding (Peep Show and 2002’s Bollywood Queen) and from a screenplay by Alan Wightman, Blood Moon sees the horror and western genres collide for a howling good time!
The film features a talented British cast including Shaun Dooley (The Woman in Black), George Blagden (Les Miserables), Anna Skellern (The Descent: Part Two) and Ian Whyte (Prometheus), and is being released in the UK by StudioCanal on 5th October, having already reached the US via Uncork’d Entertainment.
Prepare yourself for a fright with creature design and SFX by Dan Martin, whose myriad of credits include working with Ben Wheatley on Sightseers, A Field in England and the upcoming High-Rise, as well helping to transform Benicio Del Toro into The Wolfman in the 2010 film.
Since it’s debut at FrightFest 2014, the film has played at numerous festivals including Cannes last year. While on it’s travels, it also picked up the Best Director award at the Bram Stoker Whitby Film Festival and the Best Film Audience Award at the Ravenna Nigthmare Film Festival, in Italy.
Another claim to fame is the fact that Blood Moon is only the third western ever to be filmed in the UK, after Carry On Cowboy in 1966 and Edgar Wright’s 1995 debut feature A Fistful of Fingers. It also has the honour of being the first western ever to have shot on location in Kent.
Alongside the home entertainment release, the film will also be touring the UK for a series of one-off screenings and Q&As with members of the cast and crew. The confirmed dates are as follows:
02/10 – Northampton (Errol Flynn Cinema)
04/10 – Wareham, Dorset (The Rex Cinema)
06/10 – Maidstone, Kent (Maidstone Film Society at the Hazlitt Theatre)
23/10 – Monmouth, Wales (The Savoy Cinema)
03/11 – Rochester, Kent (Rochester Film Society)
Special features on the DVD include ‘Creature Feature’, ‘From Kent to Colorado’ and ‘The Gore’.
I’ll be seeing the movie at the launch screening this coming Monday – thanks to the film’s executive producer, Mark Melvin – so expect my full review of the film next week. I can’t wait to see it!
In the US? Have you seen the film yet? Do let me know if you have!
Blood Moon is out in the UK on DVD and Digital HD from Monday 5th October.