Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to the supernatural thriller Anguish, and will release the film in select theaters with simultaneous video on demand release beginning December 18. The story, billed as inspired by true events, follows a teenage girl, “Tess”, who grows to understand that her intense psychological problems are actually the result of a supernatural ability which allows spirits to possess her body. Now she must decide whether to fight to remain in control of herself, or allow the soul of a recently deceased girl who refuses to accept her death to take over her body for good. Starring Ryan Simpkins, along with Karina Logue and Annika Marks, it’s written and directed by Sonny Mallhi.

Anguish marks Sonny Mallhi’s directorial debut. He served as co-producer on The Lakehouse and as Executive Producer on The Stranger, House at the End of the Street, as well as writing and exec producing The Roommate. Mallhi produced “Anguish” through his Candlewood Entertainment, alongside Guy Danella. Anguish is executive produced by Deepak Bajaj and Madan Popli. The acquisition deal was negotiated by Gravitas Ventures founder and CEO Nolan Gallagher, and by ICM Partners’ Alex Saks and Holland and Knight’s Robert Labate on behalf of the filmmakers.