Anchor Bay snags 'A Horrible Way to Die'

Adam Wingard's thriller stars A.J. Bowen, Amy Seimetz

Related: 'A Horrible Way to Die' trailer

TORONTO -- Anchor Bay Films has picked up the English-speaking territory rights to Adam Wingard's thriller "A Horrible Way to Die" in a deal with new genre-oriented sales outfit Celluloid Nightmares.

Scripted by Simon Barrett, "Die" stars A.J. Bowen, Amy Seimetz and Joe Swanberg in the tale of an escaped serial killer searching for his ex-girlfriend, who put him behind bars.

The film bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday night as part of the Vangard program, and the deal was closed Thursday afternoon.

It was negotiated by Celluloid's Nate Bolotin and Travis Stevens with Anchor Bay's Bill Clark, Kevin Kasha, James Shapiro and Richard Turner.

Anchor plans a theatrical release at a date to be determined.  
Celluloid Nightmares, which is focused on the acquisition and worldwide sales of genre films, is a new alliance between Hengameh Panahi's Paris-based Celluloid Dreams and the Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, founded by partners Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian.

XYZ partner Todd Brown heads up acquisitions, and Celluloid Nightmares' Stevens is in charge of international sales.

At TIFF, Celluloid Nightmares also repped North American rights on the documentary "Machete Maidens Unleashed!" and international rights on the Midnight Madness opening night film "Fubar II."