TIFF: Horror Film 'Baskin' Acquired by IFC Midnight

The title premiered as part of Toronto's Midnight Madness sidebar last week.
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

IFC Midnight has picked up the U.S. rights to Baskin, the Turkish horror film that premiered as part of TIFF’s Midnight Madness sidebar last week.

Budding Turkey-born horror director Can Evrenol had been generating heat with the movie, signing with WME before the start of the film festival.

The story centers on four police officers who respond to a call for backup, only to arrive at the scene of a cult’s dark sacrifice. The quartet soon find themselves on a horrifying journey into Hell in a feature that draws inspiration from Apocalypse Now and Hellraiser, as well as the artistic works of Caravaggio and H.R. Giger.

The plan calls for a theatrical release although the size will be determined later.

The film was produced by Muge Buyuktalas of MO Films and executive produced by Todd Brown of XYZ Films and Mike Hostench. It stars Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz and Muharrem Bayrak.

XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin repped the movie and filmmakers in the deal.