Epic Pictures has acquired world sales rights to Deathcember, a holiday horror anthology that features shorts by 24 rising directors in an Advent calendar theme. Epic also released the first teaser for the film, which can be seen above.
The film’s roll call of directors is an international assembly including Pollyanna McIntosh (Darlin’), Isaac Ezban (Parallel), Lucky McKee (May, The Woman), Lee Sang-woo (Barbie) and Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust), while the ensemble features scream queen Barbara Crampton as well as Brianna Barnes (The Day), Sean Bridgers (Deadwood), Johnny Vivash (Book of Monsters), Barbara Magnolfi (Suspira) and AJ Bowen (You’re Next).
The anthology was created by Dominic Saxl, who produced alongside Ivo Scheloske, production manager with Anolis Entertainment, and Frank Vogt, COO of Magna Mana Production. The project was produced thanks in part to the German HessenFilm fund.
“We’re beyond proud of the film that Deathcember has become,” Saxi said. “With all the incredible and diverse talent involved, it holds something for every horror fan – and we‘re confident that our collaboration with Epic will give everyone the chance to see for themselves.”
The anthology (24 shorts plus three bonus segments) is an eclectic mix with entries representing Italian Giallo, Japanese ghost stories and stop-motion filmmaking. It’s a good fit for Epic Pictures, which recently acquired Dreadcentral.com.
“At Epic, we look to foster unique and fearless talent from around the world,” says Epic CEO Patrick Ewald. “When Ivo, Frank, and Dominic came to us with Deathcember and the level of talented filmmakers involved, we knew that this anthology was an incredible opportunity for Epic to unleash a chorus of twisted visions from across the globe tied together in an awesome holiday horror gift to fans.”
The full list of directors includes Saxl, Michael Varrati, Lazar Bodroža, Florian Frerichs, Isaac Ezban, Sonia Escolano, Bob Pipe, Steve De Roover, Jürgen Kling, Ama Lea, Sadrac González-Perellón, Julian Richards, Lee Sang-woo, Vivienne Vaughn, Ruggero Deodato, Sam Wineman, Andreas Marschall, Lucky McKee, Milan Todorović, Pollyanna McIntosh, Rémi Fréchette, Jason A. Rostovsky, John Cook Lynch, Trent Haaga, Annika Marx, BJ Colangelo, Zach Shildwachter and Alyosha Saari.
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