(Hollywood, Calif) Nightwatcher Films and Indie Rights Film Distribution announce the worldwide release of the feature film ‘Hoodman ‘ on all major streaming platforms. Hoodman’ is a suspense-crime-thriller in the horror genre. It stars Madison Spear and Brock Morse and made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in the Spring 2021. ‘Hoodman’ saw its initial release on Amazon Prime’s Subscription TV Service on May 1, 2021, garnering largely positive reviews.
‘Hoodman’ is the story of a troubled young woman [Madison Spear] who seeks to find her missing child as an urban legend haunts her small town. A relentless detective [Brock Morse] pieces together clues that lead them both to a suspected killer [Jack James]. As the mystery unfolds so does the frightening realization that the urban legend is real.
In addition to Amazon Prime, ‘Hoodman’ now appears on major streaming platforms worldwide to include Fox’s TUBI-TV, Google Play, IMDB-TV, The YouTube Movie Channel and the Indie Rights Movie Channel. All are advertising-driven streaming platforms known as AVOD, with the exception of Amazon Prime, which is a subscription-based platform also reachable from Amazon’s own Fire-TV service.
‘Hoodman’ is the second feature film written and directed by Hollywood-based indie filmmaker Mark W. Curran under his Nightwatcher Films moniker. His first film, ‘Abandoned Dead,’ starring Sarah Nicklin and Night of the Living Dead’s Judith O’Dea was initially distributed through Gravitas Releasing and enjoyed a 6-year run on US and Canadian PPV-cable before being signed by Los Angeles-based film distributor Indie Rights.
“We are thrilled to have Mark W. Curran as part of the Indie Rights filmmaker family,” states Indie Rights President and CEO Linda Nelson, “we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship bringing more of his excellent quality films to the marketplace.”
Hoodman – An Urban Legend Thriller That Gets Under Your Skin by Errol Jeffries
The landscape of cinematic horror has been wide and varied over the decades. In the 1960’s, psychological terror was a refreshing and bold approach to what had once been the province of creature and monster films of the fifties, catapulting us into a brave new world of unconscious fear. Hitchcock and later, DePalma, tapped the dark undercurrents of the European cinema and merged them with a new American sensibility.
The 1980’s ushered in a truly terrifying era where new villains emerged from the suburban night-scape, all too often wearing hockey masks and wielding chainsaws. It seems ever since we’ve been in a race to rack up higher body counts and more gallons of spilled blood. Have we lost the ability to scare by using the power of the subconscious to cultivate new brands of terror?
Hoodman is a film that is not afraid to return to the kind of slow-burn building of suspense absent from so many horror films today. Director/Screenwriter Mark W. Curran has crafted an effective crime-suspense thriller which harkens back to a more Hitchcockian era, with subtle psychological undercurrents and a gripping crime drama unfolding in the fray. Think ‘Psycho’ Meets ‘Urban Legend.’
The story revolves around 26-year-old Ariana Chandler [Madison Spear] a troubled young woman with a difficult past who is hell-bent on finding her missing child. She clashes with Lenny Briggs, [Brock Morse] a relentless detective who is convinced she is hiding something and won’t stop at anything until he gets to the truth.
Matters are further complicated by suspect Frank Hackman, a local crackpot who lost his own daughter years before to what he believes is an urban legend known as Hoodman. As Briggs gets closer to the truth his own beliefs are called into question as the stakes for each character are raised higher.
At the heart of Hoodman lies an intriguing premise; that the things we believe can manifest into reality. The story plays with this premise in varying and interesting ways to pit the power of belief against the reality of truth.
While ultra-low budget, the filmmakers have done much with limited resources and wisely stayed within their means to deliver good quality production values using fewer locations and forgoing special effects.
Hoodman relies on suspense and dread rather than blood or violence to effect its scares, thus it may be too slow paced for some, while others will find its sense of foreboding and well-structured storytelling a welcome change from more visceral horror fare.
The cast turns in decent performances. Madison Spear makes her impressive screen debut. Young actress Skye Roberts is outstanding as Ari’s young sister, Missy. Brock Morse delivers a commanding turn as the Detective.
Hoodman is an urban legend thriller that gets under your skin and will keep you guessing up to its surprise ending.