Cryptic Pictures receives
8 nominations for Mortal Remains at the NOVA IFF: Film of the Year, Screenplay of the Year, The NOVA Award for Film, The NOVA Award for Screenplay, Best Screenplay - Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Horror Film and
Best Horror Screenplay.
"Mortal Remains" is a docu-thriller which aims to unearth the details surrounding the life, career, and mysterious death of Maryland filmmaker Karl Atticus, referred to by some as a founder of "slasher film."
The film features interviews with various horror aficionados and industry personalities including Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of "The Blair Witch Project," who wondered in a 2008 interview: Why, for over 40 years, has Atticus' legacy been all but eradicated from the annals of horror film history?
"Mortal Remains" reveals much about this elusive figure; a man who inspired a generation of filmmakers but has yet to receive due credit for his contributions to the genre. Crew members who worked alongside Atticus detail the puzzling circumstances under which his last film was created: missing cast members, intimations of occult activity, and allegations of special effects "too convincing" for their time among them. Was Atticus a true auteur who challenged the industry and was silenced by his contemporaries? Or were his films simply pretext; elaborate showpieces designed to glorify work of a far more sinister nature...?
Filmed on location in Maryland and Pennsylvania, the film hopes to finally confirm the legends and establish once and for all the legacy of a man whose final film - lost decades ago to vandalism - is considered by some to be the "Holy Grail of horror."