Say your prayers. A24’s highly anticipated religious psychological horror film Saint Maud, the directorial debut of Rose Glass, is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 17, as reported by our friends at Bloody Disgusting.
With an initial release date set for April 2020, Saint Maud became one of the first film victims of COVID-19, stuck in a seemingly never ending limbo of waiting for theaters to (hopefully) open again, without being able to release their films online without severe consequences.
There has already been some controversy surrounding this release. Regal Cinemas has announced they will open July 10 and AMC also plans on opening sometime in July, both with stricter health protocols. However, it is still uncertain whether it is ethical to release a movie nationwide that would cause crowds in movie theaters in the midst of a global pandemic, potentially spreading COVID-19. As America is leading in cases of COVID-19, it is certainly a risky move.
On the other hand, we can still hope that theaters will have put in place health standards that will dull the spread of the virus. I have definitely missed the theater and am especially excited for this release. With that said, human lives are more important than profit, so with any movie that plans on releasing soon, we advise taking very strong precautions to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19.
If you love horror but are afraid of contracting the virus, please do not feel obligated to go see this in theaters. Another option is to see if any local drive-in theaters are playing this flick to minimize contact with others. And if you must see it in theaters, listen to what theaters advise and what health officials advise.
The synopsis of the film is:
Saint Maud is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and salvation in a fallen world. Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.
Check out our own Kelly McNeely’s glowing review of Saint Maud from TIFF.
You can also see the trailer here:
Keep following iHorror for any updates on this somewhat rocky release date.