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Berlin: Vertical Entertainment Picks Up Horror Movie 'Malicious' (Exclusive)
Vertical Entertainment, which released Molly Shannon’s cancer comedy Other People, has picked up the North American rights to Malicious, a horror thriller from writer-director Michael Winnick.
Bojana Novakovic (who appears in I, Tonya), Josh Stewart, Melissa Bolona, Yvette Yates and Delroy Lindo star in the movie, which Vertical aims to release in theaters in the summer. AMP Films is selling the international rights to the film during the Berlin International Film Festival and market.
The movie tells the story of a young newlywed (Novakovic) who suffers a traumatic event, then finds herself haunted — and connected — to a malicious entity with murderous intentions.
“This shocking horror will make any parent or future parent shiver in fear,” said Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg in a statement.
“The fear and the fragility of having a newborn weighs on every couple, and in Malicious, those terrors are heightened in unexpected ways,” said executive producer Shaun Redick.
The movie was produced by Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti. Exec producers include Redick and Yvette Yates of Impossible Dream Entertainment, Ali Jazayeri, Kevin Alexander Heard, Viviana Zarragoitia and Raymond Mansfield.