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If you prefer your creepy entertainment with a folk horror bent, then new kid on the block Rewilding could be right up your street. The brainchild of director Ric Rawlins, it blends three separate stories in an anthology style, from coastal sea devils through to murderous trees and sinister halloween traditions.

When two teenagers report seeing the face of the Devil in a sea cave, a retired archeologist is asked to investigate.

So begins the winner of Best Horror at the Chicago Indie Film Awards – and the world’s first ever folk horror anthology film – Rewilding. Across three stories, we’ll also follow a journalist looking into the Halloween rituals of a rural village, and an author on the hunt for the grave of a historical ‘witch finder’.

Taking its influence from the BBC’s Ghost Stories for Christmas of the 1970s, Rewilding takes the spirit of classic 1970s British folk horror and unearths it into a frightfully modern experience.

Director Ric Rawlins says:

I was working in a rural village near Bath when these stories came to me. Every lunchtime you’d go off on these lakeside walks and get lost in the countryside, dreaming of slightly macabre situations.

Folk horror is arguably Britain’s gift to the world of film genres, inspired as it is by The Wicker Man, Witchfinder General and Blood on Satan’s Claw – so if you’re looking to do a British film as opposed to an imitation of an American one, it’s a comfortable fit. But it’s also personal: I think if magic exists it lives in the sea caves, the forests and the fields. I wanted to try and bottle that intuition.

Rewilding is currently seeking distribution.

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