Ti West’s newest horror film, The Sacrament, was recently screened at Fantastic Fest and picked up by Magnet Releasing, a branch of Magnolia Pictures, following positive notes on it’s so-far prolific festival run. The literal cult thriller features stars AJ Bowen (The House of the Devil), Joe Swanberg (You’re Next) and Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), and features Gene Jones as the charismatic cult leader known as “Father.” West is no stranger to the distribution company, being a frequent collaborator on his horror films, The House of The Devil and The Innkeepers, as well as V/H/S and The ABCs of Death.
In the film, Bowen and Swanberg play VICE journalists, who journey to a remote Central American compound along with a photographer (Kentucker Audley) hoping to reunite with his sister (Seimetz), who has dropped off the map after struggling with drug addiction. They find an isolated community devoted to a shadowy but charismatic figure called “Father.” Things take a turn for the worse when the group discovers the community’s true intentions. Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles states, “We’re incredibly pleased to be furthering our fruitful collaboration with Ti, who continues to be one of the most exciting genre filmmakers working today”. Going on to say that it is West’s “best film to date”.
Premiering at Fantastic Festival, Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano also found US distribution via Magnet Releasing. The film stars Elijah Wood as Tom Selznick, an extremely talented pianist, who has stopped performing in public because of stage fright. Years after his bout with stage fright, he comes back to perform a concert in Chicago. In front of a packed theater, he finds a note scribbled on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” An anonymous sniper (John Cusack) has Tom in his sights, and he must get through the performance and find a way to signal for help without alerting the sniper or his collaborator (Alex Winter). The film has received generally rave reviews, with critics citing heavy influences of Hitchcock and Dario Argento.
Both films are set for a 2014 release. Be sure to stay tuned to Diaboliquemagazine.com for more on Ti West’s The Sacrament and Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano!