Curse of Mesopotamia Drops Trailer, Stills, a Clip, & Release Date


Get ready for the first indie horror film to come out of Iraq, CURSE OF MESOPOTAMIA. The film is written, directed, and produced by Lauand Omar, and will be dropping on VOD in North America this August. Check out the press release and dig on the plot crunch and trailer:


A Film by Lauand Omar


Coming August 2016


Running Time: 92 minutes

Genre:  Horror/Thriller

Country: Iraq

Language:  English

Curse of Mesopotamia, the first English language genre film out of the Middle East, featuring a diverse international cast, is available On Demand in the U.S. and Canada via iTunes & Amazon this August.

The advance of ISIS halted production in Kurdistan, Iraq back in August, 2014.  With strong perseverance the indie film completed principal photography in April, 2015 in Jordan.  The pre-release in Iraqi cinemas throughout November, 2015 was a success, scoring the #1 spot at the Box Office amongst the new releases, 2nd overall, just behind Spectre, the new James Bond.

Curse poster


Five strangers are brought together with only one thing in common: nightly visits by a Demon in a nightmare so disturbing it has affected their everyday lives. When their common psychiatrist suggests group therapy in a location similar to the place they keep seeing in their daily nightmare, US Army soldier and divorced father, John, is not keen to the idea. But when he realizes that his little daughter has started to suffer from the same night terrors, he joins the trip to Erbil in Iraq, Kurdistan with the psychiatrist and the other patients: painter Veronique, socialite and ex-porn star Amira, bisexual playboy Tony, and radical Islamist, Ahmed.  Once at the old castle, dream and reality start to become one. John soon realizes that their arrival was not a coincidence. They are all reincarnations of key figures that played a role in 600B.C. during the revolution that made Kawa a hero and that is still celebrated to this day as the holiday, Newroz.  The Demon has lured them back to change history and to stop Kawa. The brutal fight for survival starts, again.


About the Filmmaker

LAUAND OMAR is a Syrian born Kurd.  He grew up in Germany, studied Film and Television production Miami, FL and Toronto, Canada.  In 2005 he wrote/directed/ produced his first feature film, the women’s rights drama Bekhal’s Tears shot in Iraqi Kurdistan. Lauand then worked in the UAE, producing high rated reality shows for Zee Network. In 2008 Lauand launched LOMAR CASTING, an international casting and talent agency based out of Casablanca, Morocco. There he wrote/co-created the series “AL KHAMSA”, which was optioned by the renowned french company, Gaumont. In 2013 he wrote “SWITCHERS” France, “SWITCHERS 2” Algeria and filming started for AL KHAMSA, sponsored by the Qatari owned Telephone Provider OOREDOO Algeria. Curse of Mesopotamia is his second feature film.

Now you can dig on the trailer and a few clips:

Clip: Day 1, Group Session 1, Guest house Castle

This one looks pretty damn good, and you can bet I’ll be following CURSE OF MESOPOTAMIA and giving you updates as August approaches.

Stay Bloody!!!Curse7





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