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“WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE,” and a horrific cult; trailer & art

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

A father and daughter fall prey to deadly zealotry in the Canadian chiller releasing later this month.

Artsploitation Films brings WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE to Blu-ray, DVD and streaming services October 27. Daniel Fowler scripted and directed, and the cast is headed by Taylor Dianne Robinson, Matthew MacCaull, Heather Doerksen, Matt Bellefleur, Andrea Brooks, Cindy Busby, Ben Cotton, Spencer Drever, Hilary Jardine, Jordana Largy, Michael J. Rogers and Christian Tessier. The synopsis: “A camping misadventure forces a young girl and her father into the realm of a demon-worshipping cult known as The Circle, a New Age-ish commune living in cabins in the woods and headed by an L. Ron Hubbard-like zealot. As the pair become trapped in The Circle’s increasingly frightening sphere of indoctrination, a case-hardened professional cult deprogrammer and his two clients attempt to kidnap/reclaim one of group’s members. Grisly rituals are soon revealed to be part of a terrifying, surreal, alternate reality that has been constructed by the cult’s mysterious, isolated leader. Escape is the only objective, but all of them are trapped in The Circle.”

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.