Cinedigm Acquires U.S. & Canadian Rights For HISTORY OF THE OCCULT
We reviewed Ponce’s debut characteristic movie when it performed at MotelX a pair years in the past.
Cinedigm will play History of the Occult on Screambox, their horror streaming service, this December.
Cinedigm’s Screambox Acquires the Highest-Rated Horror Movie of the Year ‘History of the Occult‘ from FilmSharks
Cinedigm introduced as we speak that the Company has acquired all North American rights to some of the profitable Latin horror movies of all occasions, History of the Occult, from FilmSharks. The movie, which was efficiently launched throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia, is now able to make its debut within the US & Canada this December.
History of the Occult was notably the highest-rated horror film of 2021 on Letterboxd’s Year in Review roundup, as rated by Letterboxd customers.
The Lovecraftian horror movie, which premiered on the Cannes’ Blood Window sidebar and was additionally an Official Selection on the Mar del Plata & Sitges Film Festivals, has additionally been picked up internationally by Netflix and HBO MAX. FilmSharks snapped up worldwide and remake rights to the movie with a serious U.S. style producer eyeing it for a remake. A throwback in model and setting, Cinedigm plans to launch History of the Occult completely on its horror streaming service SCREAMBOX, which is powered by Bloody Disgusting.
From author/director Cristian Ponce (creator of the animated sequence “The Kirlian Frequency”), History of the Occult pulls viewers deep right into a world of conspiracy and witchcraft. Producers of the nightly present ’60 minutes to Midnight’s have been dutifully planning a riveting ultimate broadcast, however even they might not have predicted what their visitor, Adrian Marcato, has in retailer. As the ultimate frames of the legendary present flicker from televisions throughout the nation, Marcato readies himself to reveal a conspiracy that would shake the very basis of their nationhood; that the federal government is aligned with a harmful supernatural coven.
During its pageant run, the bone-chilling movie gained the Le Film Français prize at Cannes’ Blood Window sidebar, Best Argentine Breakthrough Performance Actor and the Special Jury Award for Best Latin American First Feature on the Mar del Plata Film Festival. In addition, History of the Occult was nominated for Best Motion Picture at Sitges, Spain’s premier pageant specializing in fantasy and horror movies.
“Mystery, conspiracy and the supernatural, intrigues and excites something in all of us,” stated Brad Miska, Managing Director of Bloody Disgusting. “Cristian (Ponce) melds these themes together in such a brilliant way, making History of the Occult the kind of film viewers can’t look away from. We are thrilled to bring this horror film, which ended up as the highest rated horror film of 2021 on Letterboxd, to our SCREAMBOX viewers!”
Says Guido Rud, CEO of FilmSharks, “History of the Occult is not the kind of film you come across every day. The old rule is now more valid than ever: it’s all about the script, and no matter the size of the film, it can immerse you in less than 10 minutes if a great story is told. When we discovered this gem and it became Spain’s #1 most-watched digital film of the year during 2021, we were able to sell this genre-defining film to major studios around the world in 45 territories. We are elated to strike this deal with one of the best genre labels in North America because of their dedication to the horror genre and its fans.”
History of the Occult stars veteran Argentine actor Germán Baudino (“Abrakadabra,” “Los Olvidados“), Nadia Lozano, Victor Díaz, Héctor Ostrofsky and Agustín Recondo. The movie was produced by Pedro Saieg.
The deal was negotiated by Brandon Hill, Manager of Acquisitions, on behalf of Cinedigm and Matias Fontenla, Valeria Fanego and Rud on behalf of FilmSharks.