September 2019 will see the worldwide blu-ray release of Dima Ballin’s feature-length documentary “The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves,” which is co-written and co-produced by Kat Ellinger and is a Diabolique Films Production. Anolis Entertainment is releasing the film together with Michael Reeves’ “The Sorcerers.”
Dima Ballin makes his feature film debut with “The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves,” a definitive biopic of one of genre cinema’s most elusive cult visionaries.This feature-length documentary focuses on the life, loves, passions, and films of Michael Reeves, from his childhood dreams, and early excursions to Hollywood, to an in-depth analysis of all of his major works, and the sad circumstances of his early death.
Although he was only 25 when he died Michael Reeves opened up genre cinema to new possibilities. Now considered one of the forefathers of folk horror for his groundbreaking masterpiece “Witchfinder General” (1968) Reeves certainly left his mark as a director. The fact he wasn’t around long enough to expand on his legacy, let alone celebrate it, is one of the biggest tragedies of British film history.
Bringing together a collection of new and exclusive interviews, including the star of all of the director’s films and personal friend Ian Ogilvy, his childhood friend and scriptwriter Tom Baker, as well as insights from former girlfriend Ingrid Cranfield, alongside film historians, and Reeves’ biographer Benjamin Halligan, “The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves” offers the definitive history of one of British genre cinema’s much loved cult figures.
Diabolique Films has been producing feature-length and short documentaries since 2017, beginning with its Rondo Award winning, “Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years,” written and directed by Marcus Hearn. This is the company’s second feature-length production.
“The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves” will be released on blu-ray in September 2019, by Anolis Entertainment, together with Michael Reeves’ “The Sorcerers,” which stars Boris Karloff.