- An MVD Exclusive
- SKU: AV476
- Format: Blu-ray
- UPC: 760137115472
- Street Date: 12/06/22
- PreBook Date: 11/01/22
- Label: Arrow Video »
- Genre: Horror
- Run Time: 82 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
- Year of Production: 2022
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot:
- Territory: US
- Language: English
Cast & Crew
- Jeremy Gardner
- Graham Skipper
- Taylor Zaudtke
- Rigo Garay
- Director: Eric Pennycoff
Dark comedy / horror film about a devout priest who welcomes a struggling couple into his house at Christmas time and the results are disastrous.
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From Black Christmas to Rare Exports, there has long been a symbiotic relationship between horror and the season of good cheer. Now, writer/director Eric Pennycoff (Sadistic Intentions) continues this proud tradition with The Leech, a cautionary tale about the perils of opening your door to a stranger. Father David (Graham Skipper, Sequence Break), a Catholic priest struggling to fill the pews in his church, allows a homeless man, Terry (Jeremy Gardner, After Midnight), into his home to escape the December chill. But this simple act of kindness has unforeseen consequences when Terry's pregnant girlfriend, Lexi (Taylor Gardner, Sadistic Intentions), also decides to crash at the parochial house. Determined to save the warring couple through the healing power of God's love, David's ordered existence quickly unravels as he succumbs to the wicked ways of the parasitic pair. Will he pass this apparent test of faith or resort to blood-soaked, Old Testament justice? Agonisingly intense and rib-ticklingly funny in equal measure, The Leech serves as both a festive frightmare and a microcosm of the fault lines of contemporary America. Arrow Video is proud to present this latest inductee into the Christmas horror hall of fame!
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo soundtracks
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with writer/producer/director Eric Pennycoff and producer Scott Smith
- Live Chattanooga Film Festival audio commentary
- Virtual Q&A with director Eric Pennycoff and the cast at the 2022 Chattanooga Film Festival
- Preaching to the Void – a brand new visual essay exploring The Leech and Pennycoff’s earlier films by critic Anton Bitel
- The Voice of Reason – a brand new video interview with Pennycoff and actor Graham Skipper
- Introduction and Q&A from the film’s international premiere at FrightFest 2022
- Exclusive introductions to the film by Pennycoff and Skipper
- The Making of The Leech – behind-the-scenes footage from the film set
- Rigo’s music video
- Unfortunate, The Pod and Phase II – three early short films by Pennycoff
- Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Julieann Stipidis
- For fans of Darren Aronofsky, Ari Aster and Yorgos Lanthimos
- Brand New Christmas-themed, Psychological Thriller making it's Global Debut
- Official Selection at Frightfest and Winner of Best Feature at the 2022 Chattanooga Film Festival
- Very dark comedy in the vein of The Ref and Flirting With Disaster
Skipper plays Father David as somewhat of a broken man, a man whose faith has been challenged and a man who constantly feels like he's teetering on the edge of a breakdown - both mentally and spiritually. And it's THAT performance that will keep you watching
—Phil Wheat, Nerdly
A perfect storm of darkly comic material, spellbinding technical elements, and expertly crafted performances ensure that The Leech is a wild, unruly, and entertaining time
—Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News
Equally hilariously funny and grimly exasperating, The Leech is every good person's nightmare.
—Martin Unsworth, Starburst
A welcome edition to the Christmas horror genre.
—Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia
'The Leech' is a sin-filled stocking stuffed with chaos, whiskey, cocaine, and dildos
—Mary Beth McAndrews, Dread Central
The Leech is horny, and bloody, and loud and it's impossible not to have a good time watching i
—Michelle Swope, Daily Dead
THE LEECH's cast is perfection... If you want to enjoy a sadistic messed-up holiday film, then Christmas came early for you
—Anylou Ahava, Nightmarish Conjurings
The Leech is a perfect match of actors and material.
—GREG WALTON, Movieline Online
The Leech is a freakish Christmas comedy that will brighten up your holidays.
—JOE COREY, Inside Pulse
a last shot that will make you think long after the Christmas carol-scored credits run out.
—SAM AND BECCA, B&S About Movies
often bizarrely comic and horrifying in tandem.
—JEFFREY KAUFFMAN, Blu-ray.com
This is not your typical holiday horror and it will likely stick with you in the nights ahead.
—ROBERT ZIEGLER, Horror DNA