AMC Network’s Shudder has picked up all U.S. rights to three female-driven horror pics — Vincent Paronnaud’s Hunted, Elza Kephart’s Slaxx and Natasha Kermani’s Lucky — at the Fantasia International Film Festival.
Hunted, the survival horror pic from Persepolis co-director Paronnaud, and Kephart’s slasher pic Slaxx, which stars Slut in a Good Way star Romane Denis, will have world premieres at the virtual edition of Fantasia.
And Kermani’s Lucky was set to premiere at the canceled SXSW festival, and will have its international premiere as part of the Canadian genre festival’s pandemic-era edition.
Shudder nabbed the rights to Lucky and Hunted for the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
And the streamer picked up all rights for Slaxx in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Shudder has in the past released select titles theatrically and on home entertainment platforms.
Fantasia is going online this year due to the COVID-19 crisis with a virtual screening event from Aug. 20 to Sept. 2 to mirror where possible a traditional theatrical experience.
“Fantasia is one of the world’s top showcases for genre cinema, and in a challenging year for all festivals, they’ve done an impeccable job programming a bold lineup that we’re excited to be a part of. We’re also thrilled to be working with the talented filmmakers behind Lucky, Slaxx and Hunted, and we look forward to sharing their movies with our members around the world early next year,” Craig Engler, Shudder general manager, said in a statement.
“I’m so thrilled that Slaxx will be part of the Shudder line up! I remember when Shudder began, hoping one day my films would be part of its great horror family. Now it is!” Elza Kephart added in her own statement.
Slaxx is the latest collaboration between Anne-Marie Gelinas’s EMA Films and Shaked Berenson’s Entertainment Squad’s genre label The Horror Collective. Gelinas and Berenson produced the cult hit Turbo Kid, which is also available on Shudder in North America.
Lucky is produced by Epic Pictures and DREAD, in association with Illium Pictures. Hunted is produced by Alexandre Perrier, Benoit Roland and Conor Barry.
The Montreal festival will open its virtual edition with a special screening of Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning, a horror movie that takes places during witch hunts in 17th century England.
It stars Charlotte Kirk, Joe Anderson, Steven Waddington and Sean Pertwee.
The Fantasia deals were done by Emily Gotto for Shudder, and by CEO Patrick Ewald on behalf of Epic Pictures and Dread for Lucky, by CAA Media Finance and executive producer Shaked Berenson for Slaxx and by Carol Baraton on behalf of Charades for Hunted.