New in home cinema: a thriller whose sinister beginning begins with a punch in the stomach - cinema news

New in home cinema: a thriller whose sinister beginning begins with a punch in the stomach – cinema news

A quiet family outing turns into pure horror in no time at all: In the psychological thriller “Coming Home In The Dark,” a married couple experiences the worst nightmare parents can imagine…


Instead of quiet days in New Zealand’s paradise green, a parent’s family vacation turns into pure horror: This nightmarish tale is told by insider advice for the “coming home in the dark” genre. The 93-minute psychological thriller celebrated its world premiere at the beginning of 2021 at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and has already been shown in a number of German cinemas as part of the Fantasy Filmfest.

Anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, which was generally praised by critics for its clever story design and nerve-wracking atmosphere, will soon have the opportunity to do so again: Coming Home In The Dark will be released on April 22, 2022 in German home cinemas. In addition to the standard DVD and Blu-ray discs, there is also a limited collector’s edition in the form of a stylish media book.

» ‘Coming Home In the Dark’ as standard Blu-ray on Amazon*
» “Coming Home In The Dark” as Amazon Standard DVD*
»” Coming Home In The Dark” as a limited collector’s edition on Amazon*

The media book contains a DVD as well as a Blu-ray and an accompanying brochure with lots of information about the movie. All releases present an uncut FSK 16 movie and contain a craft.

This is coming home in the dark

Alan Hoganrad (Eric Thompson) travels through New Zealand with his wife, Jill (Miriama McDowell), and their children, Micah (Billy Baratyn) and Jordan (Frankie Baratyn). During the break, they are harassed by aggressive passers-by by Mandrake (Daniel Gillies) and Topps (Matthias Lofoto). An embarrassing encounter soon turns into a violent kidnapping that begins with a very disturbing act and then unleashes similarly disturbing revelations…

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After the shocking first moment, which makes us seriously wonder what will happen next, “Coming Home In The Dark” develops into a fierce battle between willpower. Can kidnappers or their traumatized victims better keep their nerve? And why does all this happen at all? Director/screenwriter James Ashcroft and screenwriter Eli Kent used the short story of the same name by award-winning author Owen Marshall as the basis for the material.

This is part of the short story collection “Author’s Story: Short Stories”. Although it hasn’t been translated into German yet, it’s available at least in the original as a paperback and Kindle version.

» “Author’s Cut: Short Stories” on Amazon*

For Ashcroft, “Coming Home In The Dark” is a huge career move – the thriller is his first full-fledged directorial work. Prior to that he was active as an actor, for example in the horror comedy Black Sheep about a murderous sheep, or in small roles in TV series like Battlestar Galactica.

Ashcroft’s directing career may be more glamorous than acting due to the positive international press reviews of Coming Home In The Dark. By the way, you were especially praised Daniel Gillies in the role of a villain. Gillis is known, among other things, from “The Vampire Diaries” and the spin-off “The Originals”, in which he plays the vampire Elijah Mickelson. He also had a supporting role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.

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