BELA KISS PROLOGUE Trailer Previews a Legend and Deadly Addictions

The funny thing about fiction based on a true story is that sometimes what really happened is much creepier. Take Bela Kiss, for example, who was a Hungarian serial killer from 1877 until his death at an unknown age. It is believed that he murdered about 24 women, maybe more, and then stuffed their blood-drained bodies in giant metal drums to pickle them. Many believe Kiss was a vampire, because of the very nature in which the bodies were discovered.

In 1916, the Budapest police investigated the drums which were thought to contain gasoline. Instead, they discovered the bodies of women, all of whom were murdered in a very gruesome manner. The problem is, Kiss was conscripted into the military in 1914, during World War I. They searched for him for a very long time, and even though there were many potential sightings he was never actually found so he never paid for his crimes.

The plot thickens

Cue in “Bela Kiss: Prologue,” a new film from Mirror Maze GmbH and Continental Media, based on the life and legend of the real serial killer. The film stars Kristina Klebe (“Halloween,” “Zone of the Dead”) and Rudolf Martin (“Swordfish,” “NCIS”) as Bela Kiss.

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The story follows five bank robbers who take shelter in a remote hotel while fleeing from the police. Little do they know Bela Kiss may still be alive, and he has a connection to their hideout.

Just by watching the trailer we can see what looks to be a mother and a son working together in dastardly ways. Watch closely, and the mother will introduce a bald, strange-looking man as her son. Is that perhaps the Bela Kiss of legend, or is he simply a conduit for the real killer?

The best line comes at the end of the trailer, when an unnamed character asks: “What kind of guy puts a death card in his car?” To which the driver simply responds, “a sadistic serial killer.” When the trailer fades to black we hear laughter playing against the backdrop of eerie music. Something about this trailer tells me it all boils down to that one scene. Not that the rest of the film is going to necessarily follow these two characters specifically, but after watching something like that we definitely know we’re in for a wild ride.

Considering the movie will follow a band of thieves and robbers who happen upon a legendary serial killer, it’s clear that the film is going to explore the types of addictions that are much darker in nature. Could it be that we will see an underlying theme about how those addictions can lead to bad outcomes? Who knows, maybe I’m just diving too far into the trailer looking for answers.

Shock Till You Drop, in cooperation with The Orchard, will be launching “Bela Kiss: Prologue” in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The film will be available through multiple video services including iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, X-box, PlayStation, Vudu and Cable VOD on December 3, 2013. A DVD release will soon follow.

In addition, “Bela Kiss: Prologue” will be promoted on the Shock Till You Drop YouTube channel and it will feature plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive commentary.

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