EXCLUSIVE: Josh Stewart, Delroy Lindo, Bojana Novakovic, Melissa Bolona and Yvette Yates have joined writer-director Michael Winnick’s U.S.-set horror film Malicious, which will launch at the American Film Market next week.

The film follows a young college professor and his pregnant wife who find and open an antique box in their new home, unwittingly releasing a malevolent entity with murderous intentions.

Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes of Fortress Features produce. Exec producers are Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield of Movie Package Company. Lost Hills Film Fund, a venture launched this year by Forbes, Rizzotti, Redick and Mansfield to finance and produce director-driven, elevated genre films, is financing. Lost Hills is set to produce and finance 10 movies over the next three years that include comedies, thrillers, sci-fi and horror.

“We are very excited that Lost Hills is wrapping production on Malicious, our first in a slate of 10 films,” said Redick. “We are actively acquiring IP and developing, producing and financing for a global theatrical marketplace.”

Rizzotti added: “This fund gives us the means to allow creative talent room to flourish. Collectively we have many years of experience making quality films at a certain budget level and look forward to finding the right material that can be made within our financial model.”

London-based sales and financing entity The Salt Company is handling international sales on Malicious, while North American rights are being repped by Lost Hills.

Lindo is repped by APA.