Darling is director Mickey Keating’s follow up to his critically acclaimed sci-fi horror Pod, and reviews are saying this terrifying looking film is equally as masterful. Deadline now confirms that Screen Media has acquired worldwide distribution rights after a successful premiere at Fantastic Fest.
Screen Media Films has acquired worldwide rights to Darling, writer-director Mickey Keating’s horror pic about a young woman who slowly goes crazy after taking a job as the caretaker for an ancient New York home. An early 2016 release is planned after the pic had its world premiere Friday at the genre-rich Fantastic Fest in Austin.
Lauren Ashley Carter stars with Sean Young, Larry Fessenden and Brian Morvant. Keating is coming off his SXSW bow for the horror-thriller Pod, which also starred Carter and featured Fessenden and Morvant. Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix produced, with Keating, Jenn Wexler and Sean Fowler the producers and Fessenden and Carter the executive producers.
“Very few movies can make me incredibly uncomfortable while fascinating me,” said Seth Needle, Director, Worldwide Acquisitions, Screen Media Films, who negotiated the deal with Bill Straus of Bridge Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. “Mickey Keating’s terrific film does just that, while paying homage to some of my absolute favorite genre films. I couldn’t be happier to be involved with distributing this one.”
Darling stars Carter as a lonely young woman who is hired as the caretaker of an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion and descends into madness. The film’s cast also includes Sean Young, John Speredakos, Helen Rogers, and another Pod cast member, indie-horror overlord Larry Fessenden, who produced the film with his Glass Eye Pix colleague Jenn Wexler and Sean Fowler for Alexander Groupe. The score was written by composer, and longtime Keating collaborator, Giona Ostinelli.