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Anchor Bay grabs 'Monster Slayer'

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PARK CITY – Straight out of Slamdance, Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Jon Knautz's horror comedy "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer" in a mid-six-figure deal with a theatrical commitment.

"Slayer" premiered Saturday at Slamdance, a growing market for edgier fare than that other Park City fest. The film (featuring "Nightmare on Elm Street" star Robert Englund) tells the story of a teen (Trevor Matthews) who is haunted by the murder of his parents. As his rage builds, he accidentally awakens an ancient evil, prompting chaos in the vein of '80s horror-comedy creature features.

Matthews also produced the film with Patrick White through their Brookstreet Pictures, along with Neil Bregman of Sound Venture Productions. "Slayer" marks Knautz's feature debut.

Other Slamdance titles gaining some distributor interest include the ghost-filled "Paranormal Activity," the comic book adaptation "Trailer Park of Terror" and the murder investigation docu "Dear Zachary."

The "Slayer" deal was negotiated by Shaun Redick and Nate Bolotin of the Collective with Anchor Bay's Mark Ward. Foreign rights are repped by Patrick Ewald of Epic Pictures.