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Fact-based horror film “CURSE OF AURORE” sets January release; trailer & poster

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

A notorious real-life case from Canada’s history is the basis for the new paranormal chiller.

Freestyle Digital Media has announced its acquisition of North American rights to CURSE OF AURORE, which is set for DVD release and U.S. digital HD Internet/cable/satellite availability January 12. Mehran C. Torgoley from a script by Torgoley and Llana Barron, the movie stars Barron, Lex Wilson, Jordan Kaplan, Agathe Salzmann, Casey Nolan, Roxane Delisle and Mike D. Smith. The synopsis: “CURSE OF AURORE tells the story of what occurs when a ‘dark web’ USB drive reveals chilling footage of three American filmmakers researching a historic child murder in rural Quebec. The true child murder case is that of Aurore Gagnon–a girl who died as a result of brutal child abuse inflicted by her parents in 1920. As the three filmmakers search for inspiration in the quiet farm town of Fortierville, the place where Aurore died and is buried, they witness a number of bone-chilling paranormal occurrences ultimately leading them to an attempt to communicate with the deceased child. Armed with a stolen book called LANGUAGES OF THE DEAD and a rosary from Aurore’s childhood home, the filmmakers take part in a makeshift seance, foolishly releasing a demonic force that can only be contained through a brutal and archaic ritual.”

“My goal was to elevate the found-footage genre by making the viewer not just a voyeur, but to feel like they are an active participant in the supernatural events of the film,” Torgoley says. “CURSE OF AURORE is an ode to the filmmaker’s journey. It portrays the intimate struggle that so many filmmakers go through to bring their visions to life, and the sacrifices made along the way. I’m excited and proud to bring the film to the USA through our partnership with Freestyle Digital Media and kick off 2021 with a bang.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.