The upcoming creature-feature Archoura has been earning rave reviews on the festival circuit, and you can catch your first glimpse of it right here.

Dark Star Pictures’ Achoura has been earning a lot of attention on the festival circuit over the last few months, but with the film heading closer to general release, we now have a trailer to enjoy. Shades of both It and The Babadook are said to infuse Achoura, with the story focusing on ‘an ancient monster that hunts children, but as the children grow older, they forget the monster exists, before they are forced to reunite to conquer the now-remembered boogieman of their youth.’

Based on a Moroccan legend, the film has earned very strong reviews at Cinepocalypse, Brussels Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival and more. The film’s director, Franco-Moroccan filmmaker Selhami, has spoken of the importance of getting to make a film which deals with a Moroccan story.

He’s quoted as saying that “the times we are living in are going through a terrible period, between economic crisis, terrorism, disease, natural disasters and the Arab world is unfortunately not spared. Far from it. That is why I think that the Arab world also has today, and more than ever, its own fantastic stories to tell. Fantasy cinema makes it possible to bypass taboos, to expose facts, to stimulate the unconscious layers of the spectator, it is therefore, for authors, a wonderful tool for expression. When done well, this cinema uses allegories and metaphors to express its words. Its spread is wide, because fear is a universal feeling. The Arab world has its advantage to offer because of its current effervescence, but also because the culture is still rich in counts, myths and legends, for the moment, not quite exploited.”

The film is set for a December 14th release date on digital platforms.

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