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Lost Linnea Quigley film “HEARTLAND OF DARKNESS” debuting on Blu-ray from Visual Vengeance; details, art, trailer

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


Shot in 1989 under the title BLOOD CHURCH, it’s finally emerging with a whole bunch of bonus features.

Visual Vengeance, Wild Eye Releasing’s division devoted to grassroots and SOV flicks, issues HEARTLAND OF DARKNESS on Blu-ray November 8. Written and directed by Eric Swelstad and starring Dino Tripodis, Nick Baldasare, Linnea Quigley, Shanna Thomas, Sharon Klopfenstein and John Dunleavy, it has never been released before in any format. The synopsis: “In the small town of Copperton, Ohio, Paul Henson [Tripodis], a former big-city journalist, buys a small local newspaper. He quickly falls into a wide-reaching conspiracy of ritualistic murder and cult mind control when he discovers that the entire town may be under the spell of a Satanic reverend and his flock. As the clues and corpses pile up, Henson and his family are thrust into a life-or-death struggle to expose the truth and stop the demonic cabal’s reign of evil.”

Shot on 16mm, the movie will be presented in a new director-supervised SD master from original tape and film elements, accompanied by:

  • DEEPER INTO THE DARKNESS: New 40-minute BTS documentary
  • Three commentary tracks
  • Linnea Quigley Remembers: new interview
  • Archival TV interviews, TV spots, BTS footage and trailers
  • Complete original FALLEN ANGELS 1990 workprint
  • BLOOD CHURCH: rare distributor promotional video
  • Six-page liner notes by Tony Strauss of Weng’s Chop Magazine
  • Limited Edition HEARTLAND OF DARKNESS “Prayer Cloth”
  • Limited Edition slipcase – FIRST PRESSING ONLY
  • Collectible Linnea Quigley folded mini-poster
  • “Stick your own” VHS sticker set
  • And much more

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.