Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, Digital Release: Citadel

Blu-ray, Digital, DVD & VOD Release Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $26.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Flatiron/Cinedigm/New Video

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Aneurin Barnard and his young daughter are terrorized in Citadel.

The 2012 horror-thriller film Citadel asks a nifty question: How can you protect your family from evil when you’re afraid of everything?

Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his very pregnant wife (Amy Shiels). The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he’s developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates his days hiding out from imagined threats in his new flat and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang—seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter—begins terrorizing his life again, he’s torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct.

Written and directed by Irish filmmaker Ciarán Foy, Citadel co-stars James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont on TV’s Game of Thrones) and features a memorably creepy score by tomandandy, the creative team behind the soundtracks for such genre flicks as Resident Evil: Afterlife, The Hills Have Eyes, The Mothman Prophecies, Mean Creek and The Strangers.

The film won the SXSW Film Festival’s Midnighter Audience Award when it premiered there in March, 2012. Following a slew of international film festival screenings, it received a limited release to U.S. theaters in November, where it was positively received by critics, lead by Variety’s Joe Leydon, who describe it as “an intensely suspenseful horror-thriller…”

Bonus material on the DVD and Blu-ray of the R-rated UK production includes a making-of featurette and cast and crew interviews.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.