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Richard Rowntree’s stunning feature film debut “Dogged” comes to VOD, while the film’s OST by James Griffiths is released for digital download.

After hearing such tremendous buzz about the indie folk horror film Dogged, from writer/director Richard Rowntree, I was eager to finally check it out for myself — and ecstatic when the film arrived on VOD on July 9th, 2018.

Based on his 2015 short film of the same name, Dogged marks an impressive feature film directorial debut from Rowntree. Taking inspiration from films like the brilliant 1973 British mystery horror film The Wicker Man, Dogged is an atmospheric chiller that deals with the sins of the past and their effects on the present.

Plot synopsis: When Sam returns home to the tidal island where he grew up to attend a funeral of a young girl, he soon realizes that the community he had once left has changed considerably. He begins to uncover disturbing secrets about his former home and the seedy underbelly of the small community that harbors more than just a few secrets.

Still from Dogged

My wonderful writer, Philip Rogers, previously reviewed the film during its festival run, and he does an extraordinary job detailing why this remarkable little film truly deserves your attention, stating, “Not relying on gore effects and jump scares, the horror aspects of DOGGED are created through the amazing cinematography and music, really adding another narrative to the film.” (Click here to read the full review).

In fact, I could not agree more. Immediately when I began watching the film, I was struck by two things: the stunning visuals and the impressive score for the film from talented composer James Griffiths. 

After watching the film Rogers calls “an audio and visual treat,” I was thrilled to learn that ScreamWorks Records has just released the official soundtrack for the film in digital format.

Dogged OST

“My score for DOGGED is very much a homage to the sinister detail that the movie itself presents,” reveals composer James Griffiths about his contributions to the film. “The Folk Horror genre thrives by its gripping detail, extended plots and unpredictable sub stories. Musically I have scored to continue this detail, and nothing creates so much exposed detail than a string quartet. The tension and grittiness of their performance acts as its own unique character and I wanted to continue that musical character throughout the score. Combining the quartet with electronics, sound design and gut wrenching vocals presents an audio experience I am proud of composing for this wonderful movie.”

MovieScore Media, whose sub-label is ScreamWorks Records, has previously released the first feature film score of composer James Griffiths, The Drift. That OST was a finalist at the Music and Sound Awards 2016, was nominated for The Siren Award for Best Original Composition in a Feature Film and won Best Surprise at the Soundtrack Geek Awards. Since then, James has shown his lyrical side in Marianna Dean’s award-winning short film In the Park and collaborated with Frank Ilfman on Trent Haaga’s insane cult film, 68 Kill.

I strongly encourage you to check out both the film Dogged, which you can find on Amazon Prime (as well as other VOD platforms), as well as the eerily beautiful and captivating soundtrack from James Griffiths. 

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