Shudder: Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala's film The Devil's Bath coming in June

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Shudder and AMC Networks have announced the upcoming streaming premiere of The Devil’s Bath in June of this year.

The Devil’s Bath was written and directed by Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala, who also brought us Goodnight Mommy and The Lodge. Fiala is Franz’s nephew, and the two have worked together on five films, with the first being a documentary titled Kern, released in 2012.

Goodnight Mommy is probably their biggest success, and a remake was released on Prime Video last year. The original version of Goodnight Mommy is an Austrian horror film about 10-year-old twins Elias and Lukas. When their mother returns home after receiving plastic surgery, her face is swathed in bandages, with only her eyes and mouth showing.

Upon her return, their mother begins to act strangely, ignoring Lukas entirely and lashing out at Elias, the two boys begin to believe that she is not their mother at all, but an imposter. It’s an excellent and very effective psychological horror film. The remake, which starred Naomi Watts, is not terrible – but like most remakes, it doesn’t quite live up to its source material.

THE DEVIL'S BATH - Director Headshot, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala
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In 2018, Franz and Fiala wrote and directed one of the stories in an anthology film called The Field Guide to Evil, and a year later, The Lodge was released. In The Lodge, a woman who is the sole survivor of a cult (the other members committed mass suicide) travels to a remote lodge with her fiancée and his two children. The children are resentful towards Grace, and when the three are left alone, strange things start to happen.

The Devil’s Bath had its world debut at Berlinale 2024, and the North American premiere will be at Tribeca, which will be held June 5 – 16 in New York City. It also received 11 nominations at the 2024 Austrian Film Awards.

The Devil’s Bath will begin streaming on Shudder on June 28 of this year.

Set in Austria in 1750, The Devil’s Bath tells the story of Agnes, a devout religious woman who is newly married. But daily life is hard on Agnes, and the only way out seems to be if she commits a violent act. “Giving a voice to the invisible and unheard women of the rural past; THE DEVIL’S BATH is based on historical court records about a shocking, hitherto unexplored chapter of European history.”

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