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Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning, which stars his fiancee, Charlotte Kirk, is set to receive a U.S. premiere at the Beyond Fest in Los Angeles at the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre on Tuesday night.
Marshall’s period drama is set against the backdrop of England’s Great Plague and subsequent witch hunts. Kirk plays the role of Evelyn Haverstock, a young widow facing the recent suicide of her husband and who is falsely accused of being a witch by her jealous landlord after she rejects his unwanted sexual overtures.
Earlier, the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal opened its virtual edition with a special screening of The Reckoning. Marshall and Kirk pulled out of a planned virtual Q&A at Fantasia on opening night.
Kirk and Marshall have been the focus of media coverage after NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer was ousted by the studio following his disclosure of a prior relationship with Kirk. The Hollywood Reporter has also reported extensively on a years-long legal battle involving top Hollywood powerbrokers to silence Kirk regarding a claim of nonconsensual sex in 2013.
The U.S. debut for Marshall’s horror movie is part of the Beyond Fest lineup for its 2020 edition set to run through Oct. 8.
The first physical genre festival of the year includes a weeklong drive-in residence.
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