Shudder Acquires Irish Folk Horror Film ‘Mandrake’

by Thomas Tuna

This is not your usual “Bloody Mary” brunch treat.

Shudder this week picked up the rights to the new Irish folk horror flick Mandrake in a deal with Blue Finch Films, according to a report on Deadline. The streamer has not yet announced a debut date for the movie.

Mandrake–the directorial debut for Lynne Davison–is scripted by Matt Harvey (An Act of Defiance) and produced by Marie-Therese Mackle and Paul Kennedy. The film premiered earlier this year at FrightFest Glasgow.

The film follows probation officer Cathy Madden, “who is given the task of rehabilitating notorious killer “Bloody” Mary Laidlaw back into society after 20 years in jail,” according to the synopsis. Madden has always believed that everyone deserves a shot at redemption, “but her beliefs are firmly tested when two children disappear near Mary’s farm.”

The cast is led by BAFTA winner Deirdre Mullins as Cathy and Derbhle Crotty as Laidlaw. Seamus O’Hara, Jude Hill and Roisin Gallagher round out the ensemble.

Davison said she feared her debut feature “might never find its place in the world” due to the pandemic, “but we have experienced an incredible festival run and fantastic reviews. Joining the Shudder family is truly a highlight of my career.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on Mandrake.


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