Wither

 

Wither

Release Date

August 20, 2013

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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • FORMAT: DVD
  • SKU: ART9
  • UPC: 854555004125
  • ISBN: 9781939196279
  • NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
  • COUNTRY: Sweden
  • RATING: Not rated
  • YEAR: 2012
  • LENGTH: 95 Minutes (feature), 40 Minutes (bonus features)
  • AUDIO: Swedish with English subtitles, 5.1 Surround Sound
  • ASPECT RATIO: 2.35:1
  • COLOR: Color
  • BONUS MATERIAL: Behind the Scenes Featurette, Deleted scene, 8-page collector’s booklet, trailers

Festivals

  • 2012 Fantastisk Film Festival

GALLERY

Synopsis

This Swedish homage to Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead (1982) is a bloody, scary tale of demonic possession. A group of naive young people find their carefree weekend in an isolated country house unhinged when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-dredged body count mounts and with it, more creatures out for a taste of human flesh, freshly killed. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack, an attack that includes decapitations, dismemberment, spurting blood, flailing axes and the kind of gore one does associate with Swedish cinema!

Credits

Directors: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
Running time: 95 minutes
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish
Screenwriters: Sonny Laguna, David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund
Cast: Patrik Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe, Amanda Renberg, Max Wallmo, Jessica Blomkvist, Anna Henriksson, Johannes Brost, Fredrik Dolk, A.R Hellquist, Ingar Sigvardsdotter, Ralf Beck, Sanna Ekman, Julia Knutson
Producers: David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund

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Trailer

Media Quotes

“Graphic, extremely bloody and downright dirty — Wither will get under your skin and eat its way out.” – Cinesploitation.com

Wither is gore heaped upon gore…” – DVD Verdict

“This one isn’t for those with weak stomachs.” – Movie City News

“This is old school zombie blood and carnage that is so downright messy, it almost drips from the screen.” – Aaron Williams, Horror Movie Massacre

“Wither is not simply a creature feature though, but more a zombie movie in which the horror is triggered by the underground withers. The two million kroner (around $150.000) film has been described as ‘an exquisite raw mash-up of classic bloodfests like Evil Dead and old crazy Swedish forest mythology’.The Swedish attutude towards domestic horror films is very sad, but to a certain extent understandable. Why it is like this is, I think, because we are just a few people in a rich country, and we are spoiled by Hollywood productions when it comes to horror. It’s very hard to compete with that. But I believe that the real horror film fans will appreciate Wither as an entertaining and quality horror horror film.” – Sonny Laguna, co-director

NEWS & INTERVIEWS

FANGORIA.com: DVD DETAILS ART: SWEDISH, RAIMI INSPIRED, WITHER

The first proper horror release from exciting, young distributor Artsploitation Films is Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund’s cabin in the woods tale, Wither. [Read the entire article here!]

FILM REVIEWS

ZombiesDontRun.net: WITHER (2012) (DVD Review)

While pretty much following the Evil Dead plot, there is also some new stuff tossed in and some great gore gags. I also love the fact that I didn’t really notice much in the way of CGI. The gore really is the bread and butter of the film. The movie has body parts being removed, heads being blown off, and countless other gore scenes… [Read the entire article here!]

Cinesploitation.COM: WITHER (2012, DVD Review)

The only thing I know about Swedish horror films is Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 Hour of the Wolf and Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In from 2008, both of which are masterpieces. So why haven’t we seen much in the way of terror come from that beautiful Scandinavian country? After watching Swedes Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund’s gore-iffic take on the “cabin-in-the-woods” scenario in their dually-directed Wither, I think we really need to pose that question more often. Comparisons to Sam Raimi’s demonic possession classic Evil Dead are inevitable but this one is played straight without a wink nor a nod. Graphic, extremely bloody and downright dirty — Wither will get under your skin and eat its way out. [Read the entire article here!]

FearNet.COM: Movie Review: WITHER

It would of course be a massive understatement to say that Sam Raimi’s mid-’80s indie classic horror flick The Evil Dead is a memorable or influential movie. The film inspired a supremely excellent sequel in Evil Dead 2, a widely-adored sorta-sequel in Army of Darkness, and — in recent months — has inspired not only a pretty impressive remake (Evil Dead) but also a wonderfully clever homage (The Cabin in the Woods) that has truly struck a chord with the horror film fans.

The flip-side to all of that good stuff is that, logically, The Evil Dead has also inspired a whole lot of independent films that are little more than half-hearted remakes, retreads, or outright ripoffs. The new Swedish import called Wither is none of those things; it feels like a legitimate love letter to the original Evil Dead, and that’s certainly cool to see. [Read the entire article here!]

Aintitcool.COM: WITHER

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Holy crap, this movie was awesome! Straight out of Sweden comes the Evil Dead remake we all were hoping for. Wither pretty much follows the story of Sam Raimi’s original low budget masterpiece, but manages to bring enough to the table to not be a complete remake. Though I didn’t hate the Evil Dead remake as much as many of you, I do feel that the film relied too much on big budget studio scares and lost track of the subtle things that made the original so effective in the first place. Had the actors in Wither spoken English and the title Evil Dead been slapped over the box cover of this one, I think there would be a lot more happy Deadites out there. [Read the entire article here!]

DVDTALK.COM: WITHER

Beautiful people in jeopardy is probably the most basic, and most successful, horror formula out there. The producers of Swedish splatter film Wither take that age old idea and run with it, throwing in buckets of blood, demon possessions and heavy homage to Sam Raimi.

A group of friends, led by the charming Albin (Patrik Almkvist), is heading to the country to stay the weekend in an abandoned farmhouse that Albin’s father ran across. Along for the trip are Albin’s girlfriend Ida (Lisa Henni), her brother Simon (Patrick Saxe), Markus (Max Wallmo), and a couple of other girls to round out the prettiness factor. The audience knows something’s not right in the area, since the film opened with a middle aged man having to kill his daughter, who was possessed and eating his wife. The attractive young people don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. [Read the entire article here!]

ROCKSHOCKPOP.COM: WITHER

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Co-directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, Wither introduces us to Ida (Lisa Henni) and Albin (Patrik Almkvist), a married couple who head to Albin’s parents place for dinner to discuss an upcoming vacation the couple intends to embark on with some friends. Albin’s father gives him the keys to a cabin in the woods that he insists has been abandoned for years. After the young lovebirds make a few calls to a few friends, they’re off.

Once they get to the rundown old shack and mouth off to a local weirdo peering at them through the woods, Marie (Jessica Blomkvist) sneaks into the back in an attempt to scare her friends but soon encounters something in the darkness. Once her eyes start rolling back in her head and she turns violent, the vacationers find out that what she has is not only dangerous, but highly contagious. Thankfully that old weirdo, whose name is Gunnar (Johannes Brost), shows up in time to help. It seems that what’s happened to Marie also happened to his wife and daughter and that they only way to take care of the problem is to kill the victim before the infection or possession or whatever it is that’s afflicting them can spread. From here on out, things get very gory… [Read the entire article here!]

10KBULLETS.COM: WITHER

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Wither never tries to ape any of its obvious influences. It only uses its influences as launching points for what is truly a film that stands wholly on its own merit…When it comes to the Horror genre it is hard to make an interesting film, or at least put inventive enough spin on subject matter that has been exploited for all it is worth. But then there are always rules to the exception and in the case of Wither this is such a film. It is a film that far exceeds the sum of its parts with its tremendous amount of atmosphere and ample amount of gore. [Read the entire article here!]

HORRORTALK.COM: WITHER

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The first release of the trailer for Wither immediately raises speculation of its mimicry of Evil Dead, and whenever those two words sit next to one another and clamber into a new movie’s description, it tends to trigger a wave of excitement and an unnerving anticipation among genre fans. Here, the excitement is fully worthwhile. And the two appearances in the Film4 Frightfest programme help prove it.

Renowned for cult hits like Let The Right One In (2008), Troll Hunter (2010), Not Like Others (2008) and Dead Snow (2009), Scandinavia seems to be pumping out its fair share of genre movies, and Wither co-directors Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund are among the handful of Swedish filmmakers proving that their native country’s contribution to horror is up there with the rest of their Nordic neighbours. Having riskily experimented with Swedish actors in English-language roles in cabin-in-the-woods slasher Blood Runs Cold- their first collaborative effort – Wither marks their first native-language feature. [Read the entire article here!]

CINEZILLA.COM: WITHER

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Screw the Evil Dead remake, (which probably will be awesome); this is the one you need to pay money to see in a theatre. Why You ask, well simply because we need to make sure that more independent horror films get made, distributed and screened in this country. (As in Sweden, where I’m located). Fellow fans of genre cinema who reside overseas, (or neighbouring countries) may want to keep an eager eye open as this movie may very well be the start of Sweden’s own franchise much like the success of Norway’s Fritt Vilt (Cold Prey) movies. [Read the entire article here!]

THEHORROMOVIEMASSACRE.COM: WITHER REVIEW

For those of you partial to a bit of ultra low budget horror, allow me to introduce you to Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, creators and owners of Stockholm Syndrome Films. Last heard of in late 2011, they broke onto the genre circuit with a taut little slasher with a fiendishly inventive lead villain – Blood Runs Cold was a criminally underrated micro budget nasty that deserved alot more attention than it initially got. Sure, the lead actress Hannah Oldenberg’s performance proved so abysmal it stunk out most of the film’s more thrilling sequences and yes, there are indeed some ridiculous gaps in the film’s logic that simply couldn’t be ignored but it had more frantic fun in the final forty minutes than most of the more championed releases making the cut that year. [Read the entire article here!]