A US trailer has been unveiled for the Belgian serial killer movie Megalomaniac, which reaches US theatres next month
Writer/director Karim Ouelhaj’s Belgian horror film Megalomaniac – which won the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the Fantasia Film Festival last year – has been getting a lot of attention for the amount of gore and brutal violence that’s packed into it, and on September 8th Dark Star Pictures will be bringing the film to select theatres in the United States. In anticipation of that release, a US trailer for Megalomaniac has arrived online, and you can check it out in the embed above.
This serial killer story has the following synopsis: Martha and Felix are the children of the Butcher of Mons, a notorious Belgian serial killer from the 1990s. Martha (Eline Schmacher), a woman who is unstable and full of insecurities lives through social media. Her brother, who is crushed by the family legacy takes over the killings. Harassed & violently assaulted at work, the docile Martha falls into madness and goes through the looking glass into the strange and terrifying world inhabited by her brother.
Eline Schumacher, Wim Willaert, Benjamin Ramon, Pierre Nisse, and Raphaelle Lubansu star.
Ouelhaj produced Megalomaniac with Nicolas George and Florence Saadi. The Fantasia Film Festival called the film “the most savage” among the director’s previous four features. They also said that Ouelhaj’s sharp examinations of societal anguish are blended into this genre-adoring movie that no horror enthusiast would dare to miss. The Megalomaniac digs deep into the true story of Belgian serial murderer, The Butcher Of Mons, and is carried by the stunning performance of Eline Schumacher. Megalomaniac is a nightmare of mystical violence anchored in the reality of female persecution and gendered abuse.
It should be noted that the real case of the Butcher of Mons serial killer, who murdered five women near the Belgian city of Mons in the ’90s, has never officially been solved. So this isn’t a direct telling of the facts of the case.
What did you think of the trailer for Megalomaniac? Will you be seeing this movie in the cinema next month, or have you already seen it at a film festival? Please leave a comment.