Elevated Horror Titles Are The Aim At EFM 2024

  • Posted On:February 19, 2024

Neon was quick to sign up Steven Soderbergh’s Lucy Liu ghost story ‘Presence’ at this year’s Sundance and the international division has kicked off talks in Berlin. Neon International also has ‘Cuckoo’, Tilman Singer’s horror that premieres in the Berlinale Special section and stars Hunter Schafer and Dan Stevens.

A24 brings ‘I Saw The TV Glow’ to the market, Jane Schoenbrun’s take on gender dysphoria and teenage isolation which also debuted in Park City and receives its international premiere in Panorama, while Magnus Martens’ Norwegian comedy horror ‘There’s Something In The Barn’ from genre aces XYZ Films is on Charades’ slate.

Highland Film Group is selling possession story ‘Rosario’ from Mucho Mas Media and Silk Mass, the producers behind last year’s shark horror ‘The Black Demon’ with Josh Lucas.

Stephen Kelliher, managing director of Bankside Films, which sold ‘Talk To Me’, said the focus is on originality and scope. “You have to be offering something different and have some type of ambition around the film.”

Bankside’s slate includes three more of what Kelliher calls “authored genre” titles. Two come from Causeway Films: Jon Bell’s recent Sundance selection ‘The Moogai,’ which threads supernatural elements with a story of Aboriginal generational trauma; and ghost story ‘Went Up The Hill' starring Vicky Krieps and Dacre Montgomery and ‘Rabbit Trap' produced by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision starring Dev Patel and Rosy McEwen – where the latter two films are still in post.

Many more genres titles are on sale at the EFM through various sales companies and it will be interesting to see which films get picked up

As Bankside’s Kelliher said, “It’s about having a unique story, one that’s unexpected. And then executing it.”

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