The Final Voyage of the Demeter was a damned one in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, however its film equal is equally unlucky it appears.
Not solely has the film sunk beneath the waves on the US field workplace (regardless of being thrilling claustrophobic horror), it’s not capable of do significantly better elsewhere as a studio buyout has smashed its launch window to splinters in different international locations together with the UK.
The film, which adapts the seventh chapter of the Dracula novel, was set to reach in UK theaters this week, however was quietly pulled from launch schedules. Whereas a part of the issue might nicely have been the poor efficiency of the movie within the US, there’s an even bigger issue at play that Slash Movie dropped at mild.
Final month, UK distributor eOne introduced it was shuttering all operations within the nation, which was adopted by its mother or father firm Hasbro asserting it was promoting eOne off to Lionsgate for a cool $500 million. That after all was adopted by layoffs, and with Lionsgate having its personal distribution channels within the UK, that successfully killed off eOne.
One other Nail in Dracula’s Coffin
It doesn’t imply loss of life for the lord of the undead’s theatrical adventures overseas, however it is going to imply it may be some time earlier than anybody within the UK can legally get their eyes and arms on The Final Voyage of the Demeter. Different international locations resembling India and Spain are equally affected.
It received’t be the primary horror launch to see a massively staggered launch in different territories due to studio pink tape. Ti West’s Pearl took an extra six months to premiere within the UK as an example, and lots of large horror releases resembling Scream VI and Evil Useless Rise don’t hit UK streaming providers wherever close to as rapidly as they do within the US because of variations in distribution rights.
For this explicit horror film, it’s one other nail within the coffin for a disappointingly poor launch.