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Principal photography begins 5/7/16.

Visual effects, grading, sound and score are completed 8/9/22.

Voice recording starts in North Hollywood 5/23/15.

Abruptio is a feature film distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment starring James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Jordan Peele (Get Out, Nope), Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect), Chris McDonald (Hacks) and Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects).

The entire movie is performed by lifelike puppets and produced as a surrealistic thriller/horror. It is a first of its kind production.

Les Hackel (Marsters) is a guy down on his luck who wakes to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck. He must carry out heinous crimes in order to stay alive while trying to identify the mastermind manipulating the now twisted and strange world around him.

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Principal photography wraps 2/26/21.


“A trippy, gory puppet horror masterpiece”
“A remarkable project whose very existence is a testament to Evan Marlowe’s persistence and artistic vision.”
“Nothing in this movie comes close to being normal.”
“A fever dream, Abruptio weaves in stylistic touches from 1970s horror cinema and manga.”
“A surreal spectacle.”
“Visceral latex brilliance”
“An incredible feat.”
“My mind was blown by the cinematography.”

“A taut, engaging watch.”
“A brilliant feat of storytelling as well as creative filmmaking.”

“You can’t look away.”
Abruptio is astonishing — a film full of puppets that probes the depth of humanity.”
“Audacious, charming, and full of macabre humor”

“Destined to become a cult object.”

“A schizophrenic skedaddle from reality."

"A real-time, mind-bending car crash fever dream of the fantastic.”

One of the Best Horror Movies of 2023



Best Film of 2023

Anton Bitel