As some of you out there may already know, I am off to Romania in little under 4 weeks to sit on the Official Shadows Shorts Jury at the 2012 Transilvanian International Film Festival.
However, when I am not “judging”, I am hoping to take in some of the horror films screening as part of the festival, one of which happens to be Babycall.
Now, it seems that Babycall has been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate and subsequently, rebadged for US audiences as The Monitor, a truly dreadful title.
From the press release:
Watch the lengths a mother will go to protect her son as Lionsgate debuts The Monitor (formerly Babycall) on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand July 24. This psychological thriller stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), winner for best actress for her role in The Monitor at the Rome Film Festival in 2011; Kristoffer Joner (King of Devil’s Island); and Henrik Rafaelsen (Happy Happy). Eerie and suspenseful, The Monitor DVD includes deleted scenes.
The synopsis is as follows,
After escaping an abusive husband, Anna (Rapace) and her 8-year-old son move far away to a secret location. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son’s room at all times – but she soon discovers strange noises echoing through the monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears the worst – that it’s her own son. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what’s real and what isn’t before she loses her sanity and her child.
Babycall will be released in the UK on DVD on June 4th. Keep your eyes peeled for the review direct from TIFF2012.