quiver today announced a theatrical release for the highly anticipated and award-winning Shudder Original Salum beginning friday september 2 ahead of the film’s streaming debut on Thursday, September 8. A nationwide rollout will follow from Friday, September 9.
The film, written and directed by Jean-Luc Herbulot (Merchant) was a breakout release of Midnight Madness at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, before playing at Fantastic Fest 2021, Red Sea International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Sydney International Film Festival. Vancouver 2021.
In Salum, shot after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas – Chaka, Rafa and Midnight – must hide their stolen gold bounty, stay at land long enough to repair and refuel their plane and flee to Dakar, Senegal. When they take refuge in a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they try to blend in with the other guests; including a mute named Awa, with her own secrets, and a policeman who may be after them, but it’s Chaka who hides the darkest secret of them all. Unbeknownst to the other Hyenas, he brought them there for a reason and once his past catches up with him, his decisions have devastating consequences, threatening to unleash hell on them all.
“Salum is a daring combination of horror, revenge thriller and African folklore that deserves all the accolades it has received at festivals,” said Shudder Managing Director Craig Engler. “We are proud to share this incredibly original and thrilling film in the distinctive voice of Jean Luc Herbulot with our members and viewers.”
Said Herbulot, “I created the Hyenas as a personal gift for my 7-year-old self who grew up without heroes and my 37-year-old self who was bored with modern African cinema, and today I hope they can be the hero of many around the world.It is very important to us at Lacmé that this type of story offers a glimpse of what African myths and legends can generously offer to a global audience.
Salum stars Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Roger Sallah, Bruno Henry, Marielle Salmier and Mentor Ba. The film marks the first production from the pan-African Lacme studios of Pamela Diop and Herbulot. Diop produced Saloum and executive producers are Hus Miller, Douglas Jackson and Mike Shema. Alexis Perrin and EV.L Prod are co-producers.