Indie distributors Uncork’d Entertainment and Dark Star Pictures have picked up Gisberg Bermudez’s Venezuelan horror film The Whistler for release in North America.
Co-written by Gisberg with his sibling Gisyerg Bermudez, The Whistler is inspired by a South American folk tale involving an evil spirit that feasts on children, the drunk and the unfaithful. In the Bermudezs’ retelling, a father struggles to discover the origins of the Whistler’s curse to save his daughter from being gradually possessed by the supernatural creature.
Uncork’d and Dark Star Pictures plan a platform release for The Whistler in the second quarter of 2019, with theatrical bows in New York, California, Texas and Florida, followed by a VOD release across North America.
Uncork’d Entertainment president Keith Leopard and Dark Star Pictures president Michael Repsch
negotiated the deal with Miguel Govea and Brett Walker of alief, who are handling world sales for the project.
The deal for The Whistler follows Uncork’d’s pickup of alief’s Brazilian horror film Our Evil, directed by Samuel Galli.