EXCLUSIVE: When the Paz Brothers’ new horror film The Golem hits theaters next week, it will do so via Dread, the official new name for Dread Central Presents. The genre label is continuing to ramp up its slate after the brand was acquired in 2017 by Epic Pictures.

Natasha Kermani Brea Grant
Courtesy Dread

The next in-house production in the Dread pipeline is Lucky, a feminist horror film that begins preproduction soon in Los Angeles, Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl) directs from a script by
Brea Grant (The Arrangement, Heroes).

Grant also stars as May, a suburban mother stalked night after night by a threatening but elusive figure. With few clues as evidence and no witnesses, she finds her story and her sanity questioned by authorities. As each attack intensifies, and with no one to turn to for help, May finds herself alone and locked in an increasingly vicious battle with someone or something that may be unstoppable. Epic Pictures CEO Patrick Ewald and Dread topper Robert V. Galluzzo will produce.

Dread and its distribution parent Epic are aiming their slate to focus on raising awareness of historical, political or current social issues, and placing strong women in traditional male roles. That includes the upcoming Sea Fever, starring Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman).

Also on the distributor’s deck for 2019, in a mix of limited theatrical releases (like The Golem)  which includes curated one-time screenings as well as one-week runs: Stewart Sparke’s Book of Monsters on March 19, Brit filmmaker Tom Paton’s Black Site on April 9, and military zombie epic Redcon-1 directed by Chee Keong Cheung and from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles executive producer Kevin Eastman coming in May.

The Golem, which serves as Dread’s first in-house production, tells the story of a vengeful Jewish woman who conjures the evil, mythological entity to strike down her enemies. Ariel Cohen penned the script and Hani Furstenberg and Ishai Golan star. Here’s the trailer: