Have you always wanted to attend the Bram Stoker International Film Festival? Well, save your tears, because now you can have a festival at home with their 2013 award-winner, Lord of Tears. For a limited time only, Scotland’s Hex Media is unleashing a new Special Edition of their award-winning chiller for download-happy supernatural-horror fans everywhere–and they’re doing it for free.

After shocking audiences at the Stoker premiere, Lord of Tears went on to several other fests including the Belfast and H.P. Lovecraft Film Festivals. Why the new release? According to Director Lawrie Brewster, “We’ve produced a couple more films now since the original Lord of Tears, and we wanted to apply the lessons we’ve learned to our debut feature. I felt that Lord of Tears deserved a revisit, and I believe that with this new Special Edition, we’ve created the best possible version of the film. Now we’re just eager to share it with fans of the genre.”

Drawing inspiration from Japanese horror, Brewster came up with the concept for the film while researching pagan folklore of the Scottish Highlands. It seems a mysterious and towering owl-like figure has been known to prowl the countryside since the 1970s, even inspiring cult-like worship from those who witness it. Whatever the origin, Brewster and company use these tales with shiver-worthy effectiveness in LORD OF TEARS. More recently, Hex Media led by Brewster and partner Sarah Daly, released The Unkindness of Ravens (MORE) which premiered at Frightfest in 2016.

Here at MODERN HORRORS we send big thanks to our friends at Hex Media. In appreciation, we’ll wipe our tears, dim the lights and start the show. Spread the word and join us by watching the film for free here.

Lord of Tears tells the story of James Findlay, a school teacher tortured by childhood memories of a strange and unsettling entity – a long-limbed figure in a Victorian tail suit… with the head of an owl. As James faces a descent into madness, his only hope to fight his tormentor and banish the evil that haunts him, is to return to his childhood home. He travels to the lonely mansion in the Scottish Highlands, a place notorious for its tragic and disturbing history. There, he must uncover, once and for all, the chilling truth behind the immortal stalker.