'Lord of Darkness' has Hungry Cannibals
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Directed by Ricky Wood
Written by Ricky Wood
David Hayman as Sawney Bean
William Houston as Charlie McGuire
Gavin Mitchell as Bill Munro
Sawney Bean led a clan of cannibals responsible for the deaths of over a thousand people in Scotland during the High Middle Ages… or so the legend goes. Most historians believe he never existed – noting that the claimed kill numbers do not correspond with missing persons reports. The June 25th Lionsgate DVD release is based on this macabre legend. A contemporary journalist becomes interested in the story surrounding the deaths centuries earlier. He begins publishing articles critical of the family and the investigative authorities, but his interest becomes more than just a project when his girlfriend goes missing. Clues lead him to Sawney’s whereabouts where he encounters what remains of the bloodthirsty family.
Ricky Wood directs his second film five years after his debut drama, Forgotten Souls. Although relatively inexperienced, he is backed by award-winning veteran David Hayman who plays the infamous Sawney Bean, along with William Houston – known for his supporting roles in the recent Sherlock Holmes movies. Veteran TV actor Gavin Mitchell and newcomer Samuel Feeney are also along for the ride.
Bottom Line: Originally entitled Sawney: Flesh of Man for its British debut, Lionsgate changed the title for the American release likely because many in the States are not familiar with the Sawney legend. Reviews in Britain were mixed, but they agreed that the horror was well-executed. We’re optimistic it will provide a good scare as well as a new and rather intriguing storyline.
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