Directed by Darrell Wheat from a script he wrote with Kyle Arrington, Recovery follows Jessie (Kirby Bliss Blanton) and her friends the night before their high school graduation. The group is guided by a Find My iPhone app to recover her lost device from a house whose demented tenants intend on making her a flesh-and-blood member of the family.
The Remains comes from writer-director Thomas Della Bella. After a family moves into an old Victorian home, they discover a chest in the attic containing antiques tainted by a malevolent spirit. As the antiques slowly possess each family member, the spirit grows stronger, hellbent on kidnapping the children.
Both pics are produced by Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian, who co-founded Diablo in 2014.
“Thomas and Darrell are two of the most talented young filmmakers working in the genre space today, and we are thrilled that Diablo can connect their creative vision with audiences through this deal with Vertical Entertainment,” the pair said. “Given their impressive track record, particularly with genre films, Vertical is a perfect fit for Recovery and The Remains.”
Said Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg, “As soon as we saw Recovery and The Remains, we knew we had discovered two special, truly unique films.”
Both deals were negotiated by CAA on behalf of Diablo and Goldberg and Peter Jarowey of Vertical.
Next up for Diablo are Carnage Park, from writer-director Mickey Keating, and Sleight, from first-time helmer JD Dillard. Both are screening at Sundance this month.