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“Mortal Remains” is a docu-thriller which aims to unearth the details surrounding the life, career, and mysterious death of Maryland filmmaker Karl Atticus, referred to by some as a founder of “slasher film.”
The film features interviews with various horror aficionados and industry personalities including Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of “The Blair Witch Project,” who wondered in a 2008 interview: Why, for over 40 years, has Atticus’ legacy been all but eradicated from the annals of horror film history?
“Mortal Remains” reveals much about this elusive figure; a man who inspired a generation of filmmakers but has yet to receive due credit for his contributions to the genre. Crew members who worked alongside Atticus detail the puzzling circumstances under which his last film was created: missing cast members, intimations of occult activity, and allegations of special effects “too convincing” for their time among them. Was Atticus a true auteur who challenged the industry and was silenced by his contemporaries? Or were his films simply pretext; elaborate showpieces designed to glorify work of a far more sinister nature…?
Filmed on location in Maryland and Pennsylvania, the film hopes to finally confirm the legends and establish once and for all the legacy of a man whose final film – lost decades ago to vandalism – is considered by some to be the “Holy Grail of horror.”
Cryptic Pictures receives 8 nominations for Mortal Remains at the NOVA IFF: Film of the Year, Screenplay of the Year, The NOVA Award for Film, The NOVA Award for Screenplay, Best Screenplay – Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Horror Film and Best Horror Screenplay. Learn more here.
The legend of forgotten horror filmmaker Karl Atticus will finally be explored in depth at the London premiere of Mortal Remains, an award-winning feature film to be presented at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, London on April 14,2014:
Mortal Remains is a “docu-thriller” which delves into the shadowy story of Karl Atticus, a notorious U.S. filmmaker who has been mysteriously eradicated from cinematic history for reasons unknown. Interviews with film historians and aficionados – among them Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of The Blair Witch Project – reveal that the true story of Atticus’ past may have been far more sinister than the shadowy legacy he left behind.
Produced by filmmakers Christian Stavrakis and Mark Ricche, the film has screened at several American festivals including the Spooky Movie Film Festival hosted by the American Film Institute; the Terror Film Festival in Philadelphia, where it was nominated for five awards and won two (Audience Favorite and Best Editing); and HorrorQuest Film Fest in Atlanta, where it won for Best Directing.