Toronto: A24 Nabs Dress Horror Pic 'In Fabric'

Peter Strickland's film debuted as part of the Midnight Madness program at TIFF.

A24 has acquired North American rights to In Fabric, writer-director Peter Strickland’s horror film about a woman who buys a cursed gown from a strangely sinister department store outside of London.

A 2019 domestic release is planned. In Fabric had its world premiere as part of the Midnight Madness sidebar at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set to make its U.S. bow on Thursday at Fantastic Fest.

The film, whose ensemble cast includes Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barrett, Steve Oram and Gwendoline Christie, tells the story of a lonely woman (Jean-Baptiste) who visits a London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She is fitted with a perfect, dark red gown that unleashes a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone that comes into its path.

"I’m very excited to have In Fabric distributed by A24," Strickland said Tuesday in a statement. "I love the films they've put out and their fearless approach to successfully finding an audience. In Fabric is in safe and loving hands with A24."

Bankside Films negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. In Fabric was produced by Andy Starke, who also worked with Strickland on The Duke of Burgundy, and was executive produced by Rose Garnett, Lizzie Francke, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis, Andrew Boswell, Ben Wheatley and Ian Benson.

The feature was financed by BFI Film Fund, BBC Films, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology and Twickenham Studios. Peter Strickland is repped by Ian Benson at The Agency and David Kopple at CAA.