Cannes continues to see deals made on some really exciting horror product, and today’s most recent deals are no exception. Three horror features that have been high on my must-see list for some time now have all made deals for here in the UK, so let’s take a look.
Magnolia Pictures International has licensed UK rights to Honeymoon in Cannes to Arrow Films.
Shooting Stars has picked up rights in the Middle East and Magnolia International’s sister company Magnet Releasing will distribute in the US later this year.
Leigh Janiak’s directorial debut stars Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway as newlyweds whose lakeside honeymoon is disrupted when the bride begins to exhibit strange behavior.
Janiak co-wrote with Phil Graziadei and Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.
Christina Rogers negotiated the deal with Tom Stewart of Arrow Films.
HONEYMOON features rising star Rose Leslie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Downton Abbey”) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger, “Penny Dreadful”). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.
Leslie and Treadaway star as young newlyweds who travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
“HONEYMOON is an auspicious debut from the very talented Leigh Janiak, who has a preternatural mastery of tone and mounting dread, not to mention a deft hand with actors,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway have stunning chemistry—they light up the screen.”
Said director Janiak: “I feel incredibly honored to have my first feature in Magnet’s smart and expert hands. I’m so excited to work with them—they’re the perfect home for the film, and I know they will do great things with it.”
(Source: Screen Daily)
Epic Pictures Group has acquired international rights to horror thriller Another from first-time director Jason Bognacki.
Toronto Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes serves as executive producer and discovered Bognacki as well as Ultra 8 Pictures managing director and Katarina Gligorijevic, the film’s associate producer.
Paulie Rojas, Maria Olsen and Nancy Wolfe star in the film, described as a Giallo-Hammer fusion about a beautiful young woman who learns she may be descended from the Devil.
“From the moment I first saw Another, I was struck by its haunting and captivating story,” said Epic Pictures CEO Patrick Ewald.
“We are excited to be working with the incredibly talented director, Jason Bognacki who will definitely have a long career ahead of him,” said co-founder, Shaked Berenson.
Compelled by the possibility that she could have a dark twin, Jordyn (Paulie Rojas) questions her own sanity and reality itself. Jordyn’s curiosity pulls her into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire, and extreme indulgences churning a dead witch’s brew that tears her very soul apart.
“Housebound,” which was a hit at South by Southwest, was picked up by Metrodome for the U.K. and Shooting Stars for the Middle East.
Written and directed by Gerard Johnstone, the film stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata and Glen-Paul Waru.
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.