Ahead of the world premiere of his horror-thriller ARTIK, award-winning filmmaker Tom Botchii and Epic Pictures have released the first official trailer for the movie and key art. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
The film will premiere at Popcorn Frights on August 11th. The film releases in US theatres September 6th, and on VOD/Blu-ray on September 10th! The ominously luminous art comes from celebrated sci-fi and fantasy artist Christopher Shy, whose credits include the iconic poster design for Panos Cosmatos’ MANDY.
A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man who threatens to expose everything.
Botchii has previously spoken about how cathartic making the film was. Earlier last month he shared that, “M]aking ARTIK, a film about a murderer, was actually, kind of healing. Truth is, the character himself is loosely based on my dad and the character of Holton was based around an ex-girlfriend.”
He went further to explain what the process was like and how it then completely grew from the bottom up:
“So from the moment that I started writing, it felt like the story was just pouring out of me and releasing a lot of pent up emotion. And that was the original goal, do something that gets this off my chest, but also works as a small, independent horror production. Then, small began to morph into real which then changed into holy crap – it’s happening! And now, it feels like it’s truly starting to take on a life of its own.”
ARTIK is written and directed by Tom Botchii, starring Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Lauren Ashely Carter (Imitation Girl), Matt Mercer (Contracted), Gavin White (14 Cameras), and Jerry G Angelo (7 Faces of Jack the Ripper).
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