Voltage Pictures is handling foreign sales on Bedeviled, a horror film by Nicholl Fellowship winners Abel and Burlee Vang, and is currently showing footage to Berlin buyers. Deadline broke the news about the project back in November when we visited the downtown L.A. Washington Blvd set.
Bedeviled has been described as a cross between Spike Jonze’s Her and Stephen King’s It. In the movie, a group of friends download a Siri-like App which, at first, seems like a harmless way to get directions or a restaurant recommendation. But the sinister nature of the App soon reveals itself. The App not only knows each person’s deepest, darkest fears, but is able to manifest these fears into the real world to literally scare the kids to death. Saxon Sharbino of the Poltergeist reboot stars with Brandon Soo Hoo, Mitchell Edwards, Jordan Essoe, Carson Boatman, Victory Van Tuyl, and Alexis G. Zall.
Producer Kirk Roos, who has been behind such independent features as The Brass Teapot, Penelope Spheeris’ Balls to the Wall, and Upright Citizen Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh’s directorial canon High Road and A Better You, is handling North American sales through his firm Conduit Now. Roos’ film Painkillers which he co-conceived and wrote with Jason Groce, is currently available on DVD and VOD. Conduit Now partners Stephen Stanley and Brad Brizendine (also EPs) brokered the Bedeviled deal. Cheng Yang and Leng Yang are also producing with Scott P. Barlow as EP.
“After seeing limited footage we jumped on the opportunity to introduce the Vang Bros’ work to the international film community. Bedeviled is in the vein of The Ring and Keep Watching which we just sold to Screen Gems,” said Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter in a statement.
Roos added, “There is a great opportunity right now to bring back the bogeyman, with a modern zeitgeist twist. This film features a Killer App, and there’s so much fun to be had with that.”