Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sundance 2012 Brings Distribution for a New Series of Horror Films

The Sundance Film Festival had been busy with a handful a horror and thriller styled movies on its schedule to sate audiences in Utah. According to reports from Beyond Hollywood, some played to packed audiences and they were very quick to be snatched up by studios for nation-wide, if not world, distribution.

This list includes V/H/S, The Pact, and Red Lights. Magnolia Pictures IFC, and Millennium Entertainment respectively picked up the rights. The first film (V/H/S) will be available through Magnolia's Ultra VOD program and later receive a theatrical release. The Pact will receive similar treatment, and Red Lights will get a full theatrical treatment.

Suspiciously missing in the list is Grabbers, a well received horror comedy about aliens invading the Emerald Island and dealing with the rebel rousing drunkenness that the people of Ireland are well known for. No word has been made, at time of press, about its distribution potential.

The films that received a mixed response from other critics include, Room 237*, an experimental documentary-style essay that explores the hidden meaning about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining; Comforting Skin, a film about a young woman’s desperate need for companionship that becomes surreal through her tattoo, and Black Rock, a tale of survival between three childhood friends while on a remote island.

How they stand will depend on the final tally after Sundance is over.

Plot summaries are as follows:


"When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for" (IMDB).

The Pact

"As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home."

Red Lights

"Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic."


IFC Midnight Snags The Pact at Beyond Hollywood

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