In the 54th edition of Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival which is taking place from October 7 to 17, some interesting animation films are being shown such as Belle, Mamoru Hosoda’s latest feature film that will hit Spanish cinemas in February next year.
But it has also dropped out there The Spine of Night, a 93-minute long epic fantasy horror film that has been made using the animated technique of the rotoscopy.
Rotoscopy has been explored in different ways throughout the history of animated cinema, from the film of Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or The Lord of the rings from Ralph bakshi, until A Scanner Darkly by Richard Linklater or the series Undone from Amazon Prime Video.
The Spine of Night It is directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan galen king. King made in 2013 the short film Exordium –available on your YouTub channeland-, which seems to work as a prequel, extracting from it several key elements as well as the finish used in the animation.
The tape transports us to an icy place where a witch goes into a cave shaped like a skull, in which there is a blue flower and a masked swordsman who has the task of protecting her.
“That night no blood will be shed”, Reads the synopsis shared through Sitges website, “but stories will be told, a cycle through the centuries of greed, madness, slaughter and evil magic.“
In the cast they have the participation of Richard E. Grant (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Lucy Lawless (Xena, the warrior princess), Patton oswalt (Sorry to bother you), Betty gabriel (Let me out) and Joe Manganiello (Zack Snyder’s Justice League).