Acort International Acquires New Leslie Easterbrook/Kane Hodder Film, ‘The Afflicted’

Acort International Acquires New Leslie Easterbrook/Kane Hodder Film, ‘The Afflicted’

Film slated for limited theatrical and Blu-Ray release in 2011-2012.

Acort International, in association with Nocturnal Features and Midnight Releasing, the premier independent distributors’ for independent filmmakers, has just acquired The Afflicted from Afflicted Picturehouse for a world-wide distribution.

The film was produced by Lee Dashiell and Leslie Easterbrook and was written and directed by Jason Stoddard and executively produced by David Hilburn. The film stars horror-icon and legendary stuntman Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet, The Devil’s Rejects) and Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy 1-6, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) in a gripping and true-life story of torment, mental and physical abuse. Torn from the headlines, this film explores the dark and deranged mind of a mentally sick woman as she uses religious rhetoric to impose her will unto her family with tragic results.

Synopsis: The Afflicted is an intense psychological thriller based on the true life story of Theresa Knorr, a truly disturbing and dark story. Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy, Halloween, House, Devil’s Rejects) plays the lead role of ‘Maggie’, a disturbed mother of four who delivers an unimaginable level of abuse to her children while defending her actions with her own twisted interpretations of the Bible. Kane Hodder, (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th) plays the role of Hank, a husband who is desperate to leave his failed marriage and distant wife but finds leaving more difficult than he originally planned. Grace, the youngest of three sisters is the witness to the exhausting mental and physical abuse of her sisters. Escaping the wrath of their mother seems impossible and proves to be deadly. The Afflicted is a horrific story that takes you inside the lives of those who live in constant fear with no escape.

The Afflicted has already achieved a variety of accolades:

  • Winner – Best Fiction/Non-Horror (Motor City Nightmares Film Festival 2011)
  • Official Selection – (Charleston International Film Festival 2011)
  • Official Selection – (Manhattan Film Festival 2011)
  • Official Selection – (A Night of Horror International Film Festival 2011)
  • Official Selection – (Pittsburg Horror Film Festival 2011)
  • Official Selection – (Motor City Nightmare Film Festival 2011 Film Festival)
  • Official Selection – (Dead by Dawn  Int. Film Festival 2011)
  • Slated to screen at the Manhattan Film Festival on July 30th, 2011

Here is what some of the critics have said about The Afflicted:

  • The Afflicted” regularly implies more than it details, which makes for a provocative and uncomfortably sincere examination of a matriarch gone mad without anyone really noticing until it’s all a bit too late.” –
  • “Leslie Easterbrook gives a startling and compelling performance…man she’d give Joan Crawford a run for her money” –

The DVD/BLU RAY release will include a “Behind the Scenes” feature.

For more information, visit:

Acort International

Nocturnal Features

Midnight Releasing

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My name is Jesse Lee Alan Bartel and I love being a critic on things you don't care about. I love films, horror, writing, and violent video games. Hope to hear from you and happy stabbings. I am also a regular contributor to The Liberal Dead.

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