Netflix Takes Global Rights to Taiwanese Horror Hit ‘Incantation’ – The Hollywood Reporter

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Netflix has scooped up worldwide streaming rights to the Taiwanese horror blockbuster spell, which will be released worldwide on July 8. The film was theatrically released in Taiwan in March and has been described as the “scariest Taiwanese film of all time”. So far, it has grossed $5.7 million ($170 million TW) in cinemas, making it the highest-grossing film at the Taiwanese box office this year, along with the Taiwanese horror film Highest-grossing original of all time.

“I’m really proud that spell is going to stream on Netflix worldwide, maximizing the number of people who can watch it,” said Kevin Ko, writer-producer-director of spell. “It’s always been my dream to make films that travel the world and are watched by every horror fan on Earth, keeping them up at night. I can’t wait to hear the reactions of viewers.

spell resonated strongly with Taiwanese audiences, and we are thrilled to share this film with our members around the world,” said Janelle Ong, Head of Chinese Language Content Acquisition at Netflix. “Asian horror has been hugely influential in shaping the genre and taking it to new heights, and we are proud to partner with a new generation of Asian filmmakers who are creating films that will define what terror means to viewers. of today.”

Inspired by a true story involving a family of cult worshipers in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the film was shot in a mockumentary style interspersed with found footage and actors breaking the fourth wall to address the audience. . Critical as well as commercial success, spell received seven Taipei Film Award nominations, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, and Best Actress. The Taipei Film Award winners will be announced on July 9, the day after the film’s worldwide debut on Netflix. A sequel has also been announced.

spell is the latest and most successful release to date from the Taiwanese horror wave that began with director Cheng Wei-hao The tag-On in 2015, followed by The Curse of the Rope (2018), Detention (2019), and The curse of the bridge (2020). A substantial part of the genre’s output is rooted in local folklore, urban myths or superstition, which gives them a unique Taiwanese flavor. This year has been billed as “a year of terror” in Taiwan with many more scary movies slated for release. The genre’s growing popularity and resulting multitude of productions have been credited with helping to rejuvenate the film industry in Taiwan.

Netflix is ​​now riding the wave of horror, not just in Taiwan, but across Asia. From 2020 to 2021, viewership for sci-fi and horror on Netflix in the Asia-Pacific region grew by 30% and 20%, respectively, according to the company. During its recent Geeked Week, the streamer announced the second seasons of Korean series on June 7. we are all dead and the Japanese series Alice in Borderlandsas well as a new Thai horror anthology series titled School Tales: The Series. Taiwanese production has become a growing mainstay of Netflix’s Chinese-language library. In addition to the original Taiwanese series The game of victims (2020) and light up the night (2021), and horror movies spell and The curse of the bridgeNetflix has also recently started streaming high-end Taiwan-made movies such as The fallsTaiwan’s entry for the Oscar for best international film in 2022, and man in lovethe highest-grossing film in Taiwan in 2021.

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