The animated fantasy epic The Spine of Night has a speaker thumping trailer and a great cast. Names include Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel and Joe Manganiello.
A force of darkness is unleashed, and warriors from different cultures and eras have to unite to fight it off. It all begins with one man’s ambition and the theft of a sacred plant. From there, power corrupts.
Variety has reviewed the rotoscope fantasy-horror;
Extreme, skeleton-snapping ultraviolence is a key selling point of this first collaboration between animator Morgan Galen King and filmmaker-comics writer Philip Gelatt. To watch it is to feel the wide-eyed thrill of many a Generation X teen for whom hard fantasy — particularly in cartoon form — was a gateway into more illicit spectacles. With its fusion of naive, old-school character rotoscoping and lavishly airbrushed world-building, the film’s visuals aim squarely for geek nostalgia and hit their target.
Philip Galatt (They Remain) and Exordium, a rotoscope fantasy, Morgan Galen King are writers and directors on the project.
The Spine of Night will get a cinematic release, but it will also be available on digital streaming platforms. The details of the latter do not yet seem to be released.
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