Epic Pictures Group has released an official trailer a supernatural period horror, The Golem. The new horror thriller takes on the Jewish folklore legend of the same name and looks like a pretty solid and creepy movie, one that feels like it’s doing a lot with its limited budget and resources.
Set in 17th century Lithuania, during an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman tries to save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but the entity she conjures to protect them is a far greater evil.
Turning to Jewish mysticism, she conjures a dangerous entity to protect her and her people. However, the powerful creature she summons may be far worse than anything she could have ever imagined. The cast of The Golem includes Hani Furstenberg and Ishai Golen, along with Brynie Furstenberg, Adi Kvetner, Lenny Ravich, and Alex Tritenko.
Check out the trailer for The Golem below:
Judging by the trailer, the film trails off into underlit photography that feels a little reminiscent of Robert Eggers’ The VVitch from 2015. However, chances are the general visual similarities is all this film will be able to muster.
Directing brothers Doron Paz and Yoav Paz won a lot of acclaim for their Israeli horror JeruZalem, which followed a couple of young American adults who fly to Israel to visit the city of Jerusalem, just as a biblical nightmare falls upon them. The capital ‘Z’ of the title refers to the zombie-esque depiction of its plagued befallen victims. That film won over many a horror fan when it premiered in 2015 and now the pair is back with yet another horror movie that feels distinctly different.
In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated being of magical origins. Created entirely out of inanimate matter such as clay or mud, the word golem often means an amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing. According to Moment Magazine, “the golem is a highly mutable metaphor with seemingly limitless symbolism. It can be victim or villain, Jew or non-Jew, man or woman—or sometimes both. Over the centuries it has been used to connote war, community, isolation, hope, and despair.”
Get a look at the official poster for the film as well:
The Golem opens in LA on February 1 and was released on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray on February 5.
Sources: Epic Pictures Group