Screen Media Films has acquired worldwide rights to Darling, writer-director Mickey Keating’s horror pic about a young woman who slowly goes crazy after taking a job as the caretaker for an ancient New York home. An early 2016 release is planned after the pic had its world premiere Friday at the genre-rich Fantastic Fest in Austin.

Lauren Ashley Carter stars with Sean Young, Larry Fessenden and Brian Morvant. Keating is coming off his SXSW bow for the horror-thriller Pod, which also starred Carter and featured Fessenden and Morvant. Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix produced, with Keating, Jenn Wexler and Sean Fowler the producers and Fessenden and Carter the executive producers.

“Very few movies can make me incredibly uncomfortable while fascinating me,” said Seth Needle, Director, Worldwide Acquisitions, Screen Media Films, who negotiated the deal with Bill Straus of Bridge Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. “Mickey Keating’s terrific film does just that, while paying homage to some of my absolute favorite genre films. I couldn’t be happier to be involved with distributing this one.”