Two horror deals were announced today, and both films will be of interest to fans of the genre. The Mary Elizabeth Winstead starring Faults, and a new feature titled Satanic have both been acquired for US distribution.
Screen Daily reported the news on Faults:
Screen Media has set a day-and-date nationwide theatrical and digital launch for March 6, 2015.
Riley Stearns wrote the screenplay and makes his feature directorial debut on the story of a battle of wits that develops between a cult member and the deprogrammer hired by her parents to restore her former life.
Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Jon Gries and Lance Reddick round out the key cast.
Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Calder produced Faults with Winstead. Brian Joe served as executive producer.
Screen Media president Suzanne Blech and director of acquisitions and marketing Seth Needle negotiated the deal with WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
Claire (Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents hire Ansel Roth (Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control, to kidnap and deprogram her.
Deadline reported the news on a new teen horror called Satanic:
Ahead of TIFF, The Wagner/Cuban Company’s genre arm Magnet Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to supernatural teen horror pic Satanic, a co-production between MarVista Entertainment and The Walking Dead producer Circle of Confusion.
Story tracks a van full of young college-aged coeds visiting old Satanic Panic-era sites in LA. They follow the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice who turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.
It’s an early pact for the project which is currently in script stage and written by Anthony Jawinski (Vanishing on 7th Street). TV director Jeff Hunt (The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, CSI, Nikita) will make his feature debut on Satanic, which will be produced by MarVista’s Michael Moran and Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis. Circle of Confusion’s Stephen Emery, MarVista’s Fernando Szew, and Jawinski are executive producers. Magnolia Pictures International’s Christina Rogers will be selling international at TIFF next month.