Magnet Picks Up U.S. Rights to Musical Horror-Comedy 'Stage Fright'

The movie will make its debut at the SXSW festival in March.
"Stage Fright"   |   Courtesy of Magnet
The movie will make its debut at the SXSW festival in March.

Just over a month before its debut at SXSW, musical-horror-comedy Stage Fright has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia.

Magnet will release the film on its Ultra VOD platform, launching it on iTunes and on demand on April 3 ahead of a theatrical release on May 9.

Described as "Scream meets Glee," the pic centers on a starry-eyed teen who is stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby musical theater camp. Soon, however, a bloodthirsty masked killer enters from stage left and the carnage begins.

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Fright is the feature film debut of writer-director Jerome Sable, director of the award-winning short The Legend of Beaver Dam.

It stars Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith, with appearances by Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf, and was produced by Ari Lantos and Jonas Bell Pasht of Serendipity Point Films. 

Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles called the movie "an assured debut" and believes the genre-bending "will appeal to genre fans of all stripes."

Said Sable: "I am honored that they're helping me with my lifelong dream of bringing bloodthirsty gorehounds and musical theater geeks a little bit closer together."

XYZ, who repped the filmmakers in the deal, is also selling international rights at Berlin's EFM.