Lionsgate has picked up the indie Ritual for US distribution. The film was written and directed by Mickey Keating and stars Derek Phillips (“Friday Night Lights”). In the film, “which begins after receiving a distressed phone call, a man arrives at a seedy highway motel and learns that his estranged wife has killed a stranger who is connected to a dangerous cult.” Lisa Summerscales and Dean Cates also star. Eric B. Fleischman and Chelsea Peters (director of the upcoming The Night Stalkers) produce.
Per Deadline, After Dark Films will handle a few markets as well. The remaining territories of Canada, Germany, Japan and Spain go on the auction block next month at Cannes.
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“The radio blares a 24-hour Halloween Weekend Fright Fest as Tom Moses drives deeper and deeper into the desert. He arrives at a sleazy motel, where his wife, Lovely, informs him through the locked door that something terrible has happened. He persuades her to let him inside and discovers a man slumped against the wall on the other side of the room, stabbed to death.
Though Lovely tries to convince Tom that she only came here for a drink, he knows the real story – this isn’t the first time she’s run off with strange men in the middle of the night. Lovely begs Tom not to call the police and, against his better judgment, he finally agrees to help. Maybe he’s a fool in love, maybe he’s just a plain fool, but his decision to stay is certainly the worst he’ll ever make in his entire life. It is not long before Tom discovers a video camera in the trunk of the man’s car and plugs it into the television. He and Lovely watch as a horrifying image crackles to life: a group of individuals, shrouded in robes and disguised in skull masks, ritualistically sacrifice a helpless girl.
The situation becomes clear and Tom and Lovely realize that they need to get out while they still can. But the night has only just begun and the strangers in skull masks soon arrive with a plan of their own…”