Image Acquires Supernatural Slasher 'Some Kind of Hate'

Image Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to the slasher film Some Kind of Hate after its premiere this weekend at the Stanley Film Festival.

The horror film from Adam Egypt Mortimer centers on a teenage boy (Ronen Rubinstein) mercilessly bullied by his schoolmates. He inadvertentently resurrects a girl, Moira (Sierra McCormick), who committed suicide, and she unleashes gory retribution on her former tormentors.

"I think of this as kind of a feminist slasher movie," Mortimer tells The Hollywood Reporter. He says he and co-writer Brian DeLeeuw were out to create a "literary" slasher film with social relevance, leading them to the subject of bullying. "What we found very quickly is that it was a great springboard for violence and revenge and the horrible stuff that people do to each other even before you introduce a slasher into the movie," he says.

The film premiered May 2 in the horror-focused Stanley Film Festival, which took place this weekend in Colorado. Mortimer's wife Amanda produced with Caliber's Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller and Revek's Gabriela Revilla Lugo.

Image will release the film theatrically and day-and-date in the fall. The RLJ subsidiary's recent acquisitions include the supernatural thriller Dark Was the Night (also from Caliber) and the Joe Dante horror comedy Burying the Ex. The company's previous releases include the Adam Sandler dramedy The Cobbler and the West Memphis Three drama Devil's Knot with Reese Witherspoon.

RLJ acquisitions chief Mark Ward negotiated the Some Kind of Hate deal with Heller and Sonnier.

May 4, 4:47 p.m. Updated with release specifics.