Icon Film Distribution relaunched here in the UK last Autumn, and this week the company announced six big releases for their comeback, and three of them are some of my most anticipated horror films of the year!
Screen Daily reports that Icon Film Distribution (IFD), which re-launched last autumn with the backing of New Sparta, has announced its comeback slate of seven titles for UK distribution. The three titles in question are Australian horror flick The Babadook, Adam Wingard’s The Guest and Jim Mickle’s Cold in July.
While no dates have been announced, Icon has confirmed that they have acquired there highly anticipated horrors, and will release them later this year!
The Babadook is written and directed by Jennifer Kent. The cast includes Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West and Ben Winspear.
Synopsis (contains some spoilers):
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die) directs and once again teams up with writing partner Simon Barrett.
A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade. He soon becomes a threat to everyone around him when it’s revealed he’s not who he says he is. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, Brendan Meyer.
Cold in July:
The film, with a screenplay by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, stars Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, and Wyatt Russell. Jim Mickle directs.
COLD IN JULY asks the question: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepherd), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.