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The Spine of Night - Midnight Specials

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Dive into this fantastical and gory epic that is steeped in black magic!

The Spine of Night is the latest film from the animation studio Gorgonaut and was directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King. This epic fantasy, screened at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, takes its aesthetical inspiration from Ralph Bakshi’s work, who was responsible for reinstating animation films for adults in the ‘70s.

Synopsis: This epic begins many years ago when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant and, as he falls to its darker temptations, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, there are many who stand against him. Among them are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, and an undying guardian.

A brutal drama that won’t disappoint fans of this genre!

As night falls, the Annecy Festival takes on another guise with a select handful of screenings… the audience has been forewarned! The Midnight Specials programme is the opportunity to show daring, off-beat, and revealing content…

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: The Spine of Night

    Directed by: Philip GELATT, Morgan KING

    Country: USA

    Year of production: 2021

    Running time: 01 h 33 min 33 s

  • Technique

    Category: Feature film

    Techniques used: rotoscope

    Version: Original English

    Process: Colour

    Target public: Adults

  • Credits

    Directed by: Philip GELATT, Morgan KING


    Script: Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King

    Animation: Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King

    Music: Peter Scartabello

    Voice: Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, Joe Manganiello, Tom Lipinski, Patrick Breen, Larry Fessenden, Nina Lisandrello, Abigail Savage, Rob Mcclure, Malcolm Mills, Jordan Douglas Smith, Maggie Lakis