When a struggling painter meets his muse, a mysterious, mythical woman who instills career success, the two fall into a mutual obsession that devolves into a violent nightmare, forcing the artist to ultimately choose between his muse and his morality.

Los Angeles, CA – August 8, 2018 –

DARKCOAST finds their ‘Muse’ in John Burr’s twisted fantasy fairytale [EXCLUSIVE]” headlined Bloody Disgusting.

After representation at this past year’s Cannes Film Festival Marché du Film, TriCoast Worldwide’s horror label, DarkCoast, is thrilled to announce the end of the long anticipation for U.S. horror lovers – John Burr’s eight-time winning, fantasy indie-horror, MUSE, will be available on U.S. video streaming platforms August 21st, reported Bloody Disgusting exclusively.

“A mixture of supernatural with jump scares, MUSE ended up being a really well done film.” – Nightmarish Conjurings, “If you have the opportunity, See. This. Movie.”

MUSE is a gripping, psychological thriller that ultimately examines how inspiration can be downfall of any great artist. Written and directed by John Burr (Boots, The Last Kill), MUSE is “described as a twisted, haunted fairytale that combines elements of a psychological thriller, the supernatural and past Irish legends and mythological influences,” continued Bloody Disgusting.

Inside a gritty, DTLA loft is a lonely, struggling painter, Adam (Riley Egan), who longs for artistic inspiration and success. But, when his muse to take form in a glimmering, mystical and deadly spirit creature from the Celtic lore, which is based upon the Gaelic legend of a mythical fairy-demon, called the “Leannán-Sí” (Elle Evans). The silently beautiful, yet extremely mysterious Leannán-Sí allows Adam’s career to soar as he begins to fall into an obsession that turns into a violent nightmare when he realizes just how far she is willing to go to protect him. With an upside down moral compass, Adam is forced to choose between his morality or his muse – his success and inspiration.

How far will the Leannán-Sí go to protect her lover and can Adam live with her actions while maintaining his success? Or will Adam try and stop her when she the loves?  

Visually satisfying and accompanied by a wonderful score, “Director John Burrand his team have a firm grasp of camera movement and lighting,” examined Horror Freak News, adding, “It’s thoughtfully shot, artfully lit – with terrific locations and a filled-out supporting cast of many extras – all lending a quality of realism.” MUSE had its U.S. premiere at the 2017 FilmQuest Film Festival, has received various prestigious accolades that year including Best Score for award-winning Alexander Rudd (Lady Boy, The Unknown) at the Sin City Horror Fest and Best Cinematography for notable cinematographer,Damian Horan, at the NOLA Horror Film Festival. Most recently in 2018, MUSE won Best Horror Feature Film and the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival and received eight nominations at the Austin Revolution Film Festival.

MUSE credits its fantastic editing to longtime, legendary editors, Ed Marx (Jeepers Creepers, Frozen) and Jeff Murphy (Justice). The film’s lead, Riley Egan (All I Ever Wanted), phenomenally embodies Adam, who struggles with his moral compass and the line between a hero and a villain. Alongside, MUSE features a star-studded cast, including Elle Evans (The Love Witch) with a spectacular dialogue-less performance, Emmy-winner, Kate Mansi (Days of Our Lives, How I Met Your Mother), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Teen Wolf), Phil Abrams (Insidious: Chapter 3) and Jennie Fahn (Black Christmas). DarkCoast will bring MUSE to digital platforms beginning August 21st.

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MUSE (2018, 95 min.) Directed and written by Jon Burr. Produced by: Josh Mills, TJ Amato, Austin Sepulveda, Michael Smiy, Dan Amato. Edited by: Ed Marx, Jeff Murphy. Cinematographer: Damian Horan. Original Music: Alexander Rudd. USA, English.  Desert Wind Films, Watchmakers Entertainment, Manhattan Company Entertainment, DarkCoast, TriCoast Worldwide.

Produced by: Desert Wind Films, Watchmakers Entertainment, Manhattan Company Entertainment.

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