Billed as the “first Swedish zombie film to be shown in cinemas”, the bloodsoaked Wither has been set for an August 9 premiere.
Not many independent horror films opens in cinemas in Sweden, but the Stockholm Syndrome-produced Wither will premiere on August 9 in Stockholm (Sergel, Heron City and Jakobsberg), Göteborg, Uppsala, Västerås, Lund, Enköping, Ulricehamn, Hedemora, Hässleholm, Alingsås, Alvesta, Avesta and Sudersand. It is the nationwide SF chain of theatres that will be screening the film, so more cities may be added.
Beyond Sweden, the film has also been sold to USA, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong.
The plot: “A group of close friends have decided to spend the weekend in a remote and seemingly abandoned house deep inside the forest. Upon arriving, the party soon gets started, but one of the girls is not feeling well. It doesn’t take long before she is transformed to a different kind of being, a Scandinavian folklore creature only heard of in myths. Chaos soon breaks out and the group find themselves fighting for their lives. The night goes on, but the horror has just started. They have with their presence in the house, unleashed unnatural powers that will force them to do whatever is necessary to stay alive.”
Wither won three awards at the Nocturna Fantastic Film Festival in Spain; Best special effects, Best director and Best film.
Johannes Brost is the film’s most famous face, known from movies and TV but his role in Wither is his first foray into horror.