By MICHAEL GINGOLD
A coven of WICKED WITCHES is on their way from the UK, and the distributor passed on a quick exclusive clip to help it cast its spell, along with a list of venues where it’s opening.
Midnight Releasing unleashes WICKED WITCHES this Friday, August 9 at the theaters noted below, as well as on DVD and digital platforms. Originally titled THE WITCHES OF DUMPLING FARM, the movie was directed, produced and shot by Martin J. Pickering from a script he wrote with Mark Pickering, and stars Duncan Casey, Justin Marosa, Kitt Proudfoot, Samantha Schnitzler, Jasmine Clark and Laura Coleman. The synopsis: “After being thrown out of his home by his wife for being promiscuous, Mark [Casey] finds himself back at Dumpling Farm, a place of youthful memories and parties, but things aren’t quite right. His old buddy Ian [Marosa], who has never left the place, is possessed by a group demonic, flesheating witches. Using Ian and his farm, these beautiful witches honey-trap Mark and his friends to consume their souls.”
WICKED WITCHES opens at:
• Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA
• Kent Theatre, 1170 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY
• Grand Theatre:, 4029 Interstate 45 N., Conroe, TX
• Arizona Mills 25, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, AZ
• Classic Cinemas 12, 100L W Besinger Dr, Carpentersville, IL
• Gloucester Cinema, 82 Mineral St., Reading, MA
• Classic Cinemas 12, 603 Rogers Street, Downers Grove, IL
• Aurora Cineplex, 5100 Commerce Pkwy, Roswell, GA
• St Michael Cinema, 4300 O’Day Ave., St. Michael, MN
• Atlas Cinemas Diamond Centre 1800, 9555 Diamond Centre Drive, Mentor, OH
• Emagine Canton Cinemas, 39535 Ford Road, Canton, MI
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