Master of the musical macabre Glenn Danzig has been working on his directorial debut with erotic horror film Verotika for a while now, and a premiere date has finally been set to take place at Chicago festival Cinepocalypse, on June 13th, with the director himself slated to attend.
"It's an anthology," Danzig told Revolver of the project last year. "Have you ever seen Black Sabbath with Boris Karloff? Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black as the lead in the three different stories? In my movie, each part is between 25 and 35 minutes."
The movie will feature a series of vignettes, such as one starring Ashley Wisdom as the title character in "The Albino Spider of Dajette," another in which Alice Haig will take on the role of "Drukija Contessa of Blood" in an Erzebet Bathory–inspired turn as a youth-obsessed, monstrous woman who seeks the blood of virgins in order to gain immortality, and another titled "Morella" that will star adult film actress Kayden Kross.
"You'll see a lot of the stuff I love in this movie — shadowy stuff, gore and all of it," said Danzig, adding, "I'm not doing anything other than an R movie. I like boobs and blood. [Laughs]"
In a statement issued today, May 7th, the festival promises, "Glenn's passion for film, the occult, and all things ghouls 'n ghosts has long influenced his music, and now he's taking these elements to the big screen. Featuring a plot shrouded in secrecy, a soundtrack of new Danzig music, and based on the output of his comic book publishing company Verotik — a compound of "violence" and "erotic" — this feature film anthology is a realization of his lifelong love of comics and the dark arts."
Verotika will makes its world debut on Thursday, June 13th at the historic art house cinema the Music Box Theatre. Four-day all access passes will set you back $125, and gets you into all film screenings, events, and parties. Find more information on the film and ticketing for the festival here.