Anchor Bay snags 'Out' rights

Kim Basinger suspense thriller hits theaters Dec. 12

Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up the Kim Basinger suspense thriller "While She Was Out" for distribution.

The film will be released theatrically Dec. 12, with a national DVD release in 2009.

Susan Montford wrote and directed the movie, which was produced by Don Murphy and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.

In the film set around the holidays, Basinger stars as a suburban housewife mercilessly stalked by a group of young thugs led by a manipulative psychopath (Lukas Haas). She fights for her life armed with only a toolbox.

This year, Anchor Bay has released in theaters "Surfer, Dude" with Matthew McConaughey, "The Grand" with Woody Harrelson and "Sex and Death 101" with Simon Baker.

"Anchor Bay has been quite aggressive this past year in our search for talent-driven films," Anchor Bay president Bill Clark said. " 'While She Was Out' is exactly the type of film we want to distribute."

The company and producer also hope that the counterprogramming to the standard December fare will attract audiences.

Said Murphy, "(Anchor Bay's) expertise will bust through the film glut that is out there and help push this film about the 'worst Christmas Eve ever.' "