DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES (2021) Preview of Gothic German horror



Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes is a 2021 German mystery horror film about a bickering couple who inherit a dilapidated castle.

Directed and edited by Kevin Kopacka (Hager) from a screenplay co-written with Lili Villányi, the movie stars Jeff Wilbusch, Anna Platen, Frederik von Lüttichau and Luisa Taraz. Co-produced by Kevin Kopacka and Lili Villányi.


Having just inherited a run-down castle, a dispirited woman and her ill-tempered husband decide to spend the night, as time and reality slowly start to shift around them…


Release date:

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes will have its world premiere at the Popcorn Frights film festival in Florida. The movie is also scheduled to be shown at the 2021 Fright Fest Film Festival at Cineworld in Leicester Square, London, on August 26, 2021.

Director Kevin Kopacka commented: “Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes is my love letter to Gothic horror films of the 60s and 70s, drawing inspiration from classics such as Mario Bava’s The Whip and the Body or Jean Rollin’s The Iron Rose with a dash of obscure humour in the vein of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s films such as Satan’s Brew and Chinese Roulette.”

Cast and characters:

Anna Platen … Eva Ziehnagel
Jeff Wilbusch … Gregor Grause
Frederik von Lüttichau … Dieter Menliff / Klaus Moltke
Luisa Taraz … Margot Menliff / Lilith Tarenbach
Robert Nickisch … Rolf
Elena Gomez Alvarez … Marion
Bill Becker … Sandwich
Christopher Ramm … Willi
Max Cramer … Bernd

Technical details:

73 minutes

Alternate title:

Hinter den Augen die Dämmerung