The Spine of Night

Director: Morgan Galen King, Philip Gelatt Run Time: 93 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2021

Starring: Betty Gabriel, Joe Manganiello, Larry Fessenden, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Richard E. Grant

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Looking at the cast list for this sensational fantasy/sci-fi animation, you’d be forgiven for thinking it a comedy or a spoof, but it’s really a note-perfect homage to the over-the-top, rotoscoped epics of the 1980s like Fire & Ice and Heavy Metal. A bloody and bawdy fantasy tale, THE SPINE OF NIGHT tells the history of a land that never was. A history that begins when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant. He soon falls to the darker temptations of power and, in so doing, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, it falls to people of different races and cultures to attempt to stop him. Among those who stand against him are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.

“Audacious, dazzling and fierce, this is fantasy filmmaking with no limits.” – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ Women on Film

“This is hard fantasy, made by people who clearly know and love the form.” – Abby Olcese, RogerEbert.com

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