Full disclosure: B-D editor Brad Miska is a associate-producer on this film. After a successful screening at TIFF, Adam Wingard’s newest film A Horrible Way To Die has been snatched up by genre specialists Anchor Bay, who plan a theatrical release at a later date (and then, if history has taught us anything, will release the DVD in no less than 45 different versions over the next few years). Starring indie faves AJ Bowen (House of the Devil, Hatchet II) and Amy Seimatz (Bitter Feast), the film concerns a serial killer (Bowen) tracking down his ex-girlfriend (Seimatz) after escaping from prison (due in part to the carelessness of a prison guard played by screenwriter Simon Barrett). Between this, Insidious, and I Saw The Devil, genre films have been doing quite well following their TIFF screenings. We win! Some more details follow courtesy of THR.
The film bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday night as part of the Vangard program, and the deal was closed Thursday afternoon.
It was negotiated by Celluloid’s Nate Bolotin and Travis Stevens with Anchor Bay’s Bill Clark, Kevin Kasha, James Shapiro and Richard Turner.
Celluloid Nightmares, which is focused on the acquisition and worldwide sales of genre films, is a new alliance between Hengameh Panahi’s Paris-based Celluloid Dreams and the Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, founded by partners Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian.