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Belzebuth

Pray for mercy, evil has risen in Emilio Portes' Belzebuth, a chilling Shudder Original gore-fest that descends to the depths of hell. The film is set for its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International on 13 September 2021 and will also be available on DVD and digital.

Horror legend, Saw's Tobin Bell (Mississippi Burning) stars alongside Narcos: Mexico star Joaquin Cosio (Quantum of Solace) and Tate Ellington (Sinister 2) in this darkly disturbing, gruesome Mexican/English film that will strike the fear of God into you.

After the loss of his own child, Special Agent Emmanuel Ritter (Cosio) is called in to lead an investigation into a spate of deeply disturbing deaths involving young children. Things take an ominous turn when a former Vatican priest (Bell) is enlisted to help. When he uncovers a link to an ancient demon - the most evil one of all - the descent into twisted terror begins.

Belzebuth is a dark, terrifying new work of demonic possession.



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Deceit

IN 1992 a young-woman, Rachel Nickell, was tragically murdered on Wimbledon Common, while out walking with her two-year old son. A passer-by found the distressed little boy clinging to his mother and many lives were destroyed... not only by the brutal killing, but by the subsequent media frenzy that lead to one of the most controversial and catastrophic police investigations of its time.

Now a brand-new four-part, true-crime drama, Deceit looks at the fallout from the shocking killing of the vivacious 23-year-old at the start of her adult life, and the ensuing investigation. Following its transmission on Channel 4, the gripping new series is set to arrive on digital from 4 September and on DVD 6 September 2021 courtesy of Acorn Media.

When BBC Crimewatch aired, witnesses identified a man often seen walking his dogs on the Common...that man was Colin Stag. Lacking forensic evidence to link him to the crime, the Metropolitan police - pressured by the media outrage, and their obsession with justice - are determined to catch the guilty man before he kills again, and so, devise a plan to ensnare him...

Evocative, engrossing and emotive, Deceit dramatises the Metropolitan police's controversial honeytrap operation that saw ambitious and determined undercover officer, Sadie Byrne-codenamed Lizzie James (Niamh Algar - Raised by Wolves, The Virtues) used as sexual bait, to entice the suspected killer to confess. Leading the case is a young Detective Inspector, Keith Pedder (Harry Treadaway -The Crown, Star Trek), who is under pressure to solve the case and enlists the nation's infamous criminal profiler, Paul Britton (Eddie Marsan - Happy Go Lucky, Sherlock Holmes) to devise the undercover operation.

Written and produced by Emilia di Girolamo (Law & Order UK) this captivating and challenging drama shows the female perspective and explores the historic treatment of women.

Deceit beckons the crucial question: who is being deceitful, and who is being deceived?



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Acorn TV September 2021 Highlights

6 September: JACK IRISH SERIES 1 AND SERIES 2

Emmy Award-winning, Hollywood star Guy Pearce (Memento, Mildred Pierce) takes the lead as ex-lawyer turned PI Jack Irish in this acclaimed Australian noir which arrives in the UK with the full six-part complete first series.

When Jack is enlisted to find missing person Wayne Dilthey, he finds himself accused of his murder, but has he been framed? Then an alibi turns up out of the blue - a women also searching for someone, her sister. Can Jack find the real culprit and his beloved car that's been 'borrowed' too? Also stars Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Janet King) and Aaron Pederson (Mystery Road, The Circuit). Series Two sees Jack and his partner in crime Cam Delray (Aaron Pedersen) taken on to investigate the suspicious death of a foreign student who is fatally hit by a bus. Could a stalker be responsible?

13 September: BALTHAZAR SERIES 3

Our favourite French forensic pathologist, the charming and eccentric Raphael Balthazar (Tomer Sisley, Messiah), returns for series three of the hit crime thriller Balthazar. Balthazar can make the dead speak like no-one else to solve Paris' most disturbing crimes. But there's one case that continues to haunt him - the murder of his wife over 13 years ago. Working alongside no-nonsense police commander Helene Bach (Helene de Fougerolles, Le Secret d'Elise, VA Savoir), they work together to try and solve the most complex of crimes.

This series sees Balthazar denounce his work and vow to never touch a corpse again following a major trauma, but Helene is closing in on his wife's killer - can he overcome his fear and help her solve the case once and for all?

27 September: MY LIFE IS MURDER SERIES 2

Award-winning actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Parks and Recreation) returns as Alexa Crowe, a retired cop turned intrepid private investigator in this entertaining Australian mystery series. The second series makes its UK premiere and features a stellar line-up of guests including screen legend William Shatner (Star Trek), Strictly's Bill Bailey (Black Books) and Xena co-star Renee O'Connor (Ark).

Alexa finds herself back in her home country of New Zealand for the first time in years and can't say no when asked to look into a bizarre unsolved murder. Joined again by her partner-in-crime-solving, Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans) as well as series newcomers, the charismatic detective Harry (Rawiri Jobe) and cafe owner Reuben (Joe Naufahu, Game of Thrones), she quickly finds herself investigating other murder mysteries in surprisingly glamorous worlds filled with intriguing characters hiding dangerous and deadly secrets.



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The Last Job

Screen icon Richard Dreyfuss takes on The Last Job in a brand new, all-action thriller, that stars Modern Family's Mira Sorvino as his daughter. This rip-roaring gangster movie hits the UK on DVD and digital this August from 101 Films.

Mob boss Ben Myers (Dreyfuss - Jaws, Stand By Me) has left his life of crime and violence behind him. Following a cancer diagnosis, he's hung up his hand-gun and vowed to spend time with his family before it's too late. But sometimes it's not that easy to leave...

When he returns home to discover his life savings have been stolen, he's not going to take it lying down. Avoiding the legal route and choosing not to involve his police detective daughter (Mira Sorvino - Mighty Aphrodite), Ben's mobster mentality kicks in and he takes matters into his own hands... the thieves are going to pay, whatever the cost.

Hell-bent on revenge, his hunt for the perpetrators becomes increasingly more brutal, Ben doesn't care who gets caught in the crossfire. As the bodycount rises, Ben is forced to confront his past and question what he's become.

Will he find redemption and make peace with The Last Job?



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Wired Shut

Jaw dropping slasher Wired Shut from director Alexander Sharp, in his feature film debut, will have you open-mouthed with fear when it arrives on DVD and digital 30 August 2021 from 101 Films.

Famed author Reed Rodney (Blake Stadel - Riverdale, The Twilight Zone) seems to have it all - international acclaim for his writing, a sweeping secluded mansion and money beyond his wildest dreams - but life isn't always what it seems on the surface. Behind the glossy exterior lies the shell of a man, an alcoholic haunted by his past transgressions that destroyed his family.

When a horrific car crash leaves him in bad way, he faces reconstructive surgery and his jaw is wired shut, leaving him unable to speak. Forced to recover at home alone, the isolation threatens to overwhelm him... then his estranged daughter Emmy (Natalie Sharp - The Flash, Supernatural), turns up. Is she there to reconnect after all these years or does she have an ulterior motive?

When a dangerous secret emerges and a menacing intruder shows up, Reed and Emmy must band together to try and survive the night...

Get totally wired with gore-filled splatter-fest Wired Shut.



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Eye Without A Face

Do you know who's watching this very moment? Brand new horror feature Eye Without A Face from director Ramin Niami (Paris, Shirin In Love) combines chills, thrills and bloody murder to bring the voyeur genre bang up to date. This edgy movie creeps on to digital 23 August for its UK Premiere from Miracle M.

Holed up in his LA apartment agoraphobic Henry (Dakota Shapiro - The Affair, Valley Of The Boom), spends his days hacking into the webcams of unsuspecting local young women, seeing himself as their protector and guardian angel, rather than what he really is... a stalker. But his creepy peeks take a sinister turn as he starts to suspect one of his 'friends', Laura (Vladka Verevko - South Park, Suits), is a killer...

When his YouTuber flat mate Eric (Luke Cook - Dynasty, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina) steps in to try and put a stop to the twisted hobby, things take a turn for the worse. With Henry becoming more and more convinced that the woman is a murderer and Laura beginning to suspect she's being watched, the two are soon on a collision course - who will make it out alive?

Beware the Eye Without A Face, you never know who's looking.



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A New World Order

Black Mirror meets A Quiet Place in gripping sci-fi thriller A New World Order from director Daniel Raboldt in his feature debut, which gets its UK premiere on 23 August 2021 from Reel 2 Reel Films.

In a dystopian future, there is a war raging between humankind and machines. Staying completely silent is the only way to avoid detection, and Thomasz (Stefan Ebel), a deserter who tries to hide away from the war, doesn't want to be involved in the violence at all. However, he soon meets Lilja (Siri Nase - Perfume) who is the sole survivor of a resistance group and wants to fight the machines - soon Thomasz's plan of laying low is upended as he's dragged into Lilja's fight.

As the machines get closer and the threat grows, Thomasz and Lilja must band together to stave off the danger, but will they be able to cling on to life and avoid the seemingly inevitable path of destruction?

Shot beyond the arctic circle in Finland, this visually and aurally stunning sci-fi thriller is almost dialogue free and will challenge your senses with its innovative cinematic style.

Get ready to assimilate A New World Order.



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Random Acts Of Violence

Jay Baruchel writes, directs and stars in his horror debut Random Acts of Violence, which makes its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International in conjunction with Shudder, following its success on the streaming service.

Fan favourite Jesse Williams (Cabin in the Woods) leads in this gore-filled slasher as his own creation is bought to life by a fan hell-bent on committing Random Acts of Violence in increasingly gruesome murders. The film will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital to download and keep on 23 August 2021.

Comic book creator Todd Walkley (Williams - Grey's Anatomy), his wife (Jordana Brewster - Fast and the Furious), assistant (Niamh Wilson - Saw III) and best friend (Jay Buchel - This is the End, Sorcerer's Apprentice) are heading to NYC Comic Con when bad things start to happen - a lot of people are getting murdered. It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using his "SLASHERMAN" comic as inspiration for the killings. As the bodies pile up, and Todd's friends dropping like flies, he is forced to face the killer and put an end to his notorious comic.

Will Todd be able to stop the spree or will he fall victim to his own creation?

Get in on some Random Acts of Violence.



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