Canadian Premiere
Fantasia Retro On Demand


Directed by Robert Sigl


Official selection

Sitges Film Festival 2018, Paris International Fantastic Film Festival 2018, Rome Fantafestival 2019


Bavarian Film Award 1989 - Best direction of a newcomer


Robert Sigl


Robert Sigl


Károly Eperjes, Brigitte Karner, Dóra Szinetár


Arachne Films

Germany, Hungary 1988 84 mins OV English/German Subtitles : French
Genre HorrorClassiqueFantasy

Children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances in a quiet, 19th-century German village, a village right out of a very grim Grimm’s fairy tale. Inquisitive nine-year-old Laurin, who lives with her eccentric grandmother, becomes haunted by disturbing visions of her missing classmates. Clues reveal themselves in lonely Laurin’s nightly dreams of a ruined castle and its sinister occupant: a man in black and his ferocious dog. Terror will continue to engulf the Bavarian town until Laurin uncovers the identity of the uncontrollable killer…

The best film that Mario Bava never directed, Robert Sigl’s 1989 feature debut horror fable LAURIN largely remained a curio outside of its native West Germany. The quasi-giallo, lensed in Hungary, won Sigl (SCHOOL’S OUT, LEXX) major prizes at European festivals, but North American audiences did not begin to experience its twisted, dreamy pleasures until recently. A gorgeous 4K restoration began seducing moviegoers at repertory houses in New York City, Austin, and elsewhere, with the common consensus singling out LAURIN’s entrancing pre-Guillermo del Toro mix of childhood innocence and adult horror, as well as the breathtakingly beautiful cinematography by Nyika Jancsó. LAURIN now makes its Canadian premiere at last, thanks to Fantasia, and the time could not be better for you to fall under its hypnotic spell. – Tony Timpone