After sizzling on the fest circuit, the buzzworthy foreign export “Wolfkin” promises to be a hot ticket when it lands on digital next month.
Some of my favorite and most legitimately haunting horror films of all time have hailed from overseas, especially from Asia and Western Europe. So you know I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of Luxembourg’s addition to the woefully underrepresented werewolf horror subgenre, Wolfkin (Kommunioun in its native language).
Following a successful festival run with tremendous reception at fests likeFrightfest and MotelX, Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired the Jacques Molitor-directed body horror Wolfkin for a summer release.
Writer-director Molitor is a European filmmaker known for Mammejong (2015) and his work on the genre-bending Netflix limited series from Belgium, The Coyotes.
Wolfkin was co-written by Régine Abadia and Magali Negroni. It revolves around a single mother, Elaine, who is disturbed by her son Martin’s aggressive behavior and sudden physical changes. She visits his late father’s estranged family in small-town Luxembourg – where a much darker secret lurks.
When she realizes Martin could become like them, Elaine is forced into a desperate fight for her son’s future.
“With strong practical effects guaranteed to keep genre audiences enthralled and a unique storyline similar in tone to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and HATCHING, this family drama meets creature body horror, with a violent edge, is shaping up to be one of our hottest titles for the second half of 2023”, said Keith Leopard, President Uncork’d Entertainment.
Wolfkin has already been getting rave reviews from film critics, and it’s being described as a haunting and melancholy film with an abundance of atmosphere and parental trauma, in the vein of a film like The Babadook. It’s also supposed to boast some pretty impressive and intense gore.
The hotly anticipated indie horror hit, starring Louise Manteau, Victor Dieu, Marja-Leena Junker, and Jules Werner, will be released on DVD and Digital platforms on August 8.
And for those of you who tend to pass on subtitled horror, I urge you to reconsider. You are missing out on a world of terrifying tales that I promise will more than satisfy your lust for atmosphere, engaging storytelling, and gore.
Check out the film’s killer poster and chilling trailer below.