Written by Brea Grant (Heroes) and directed by Natasha Kermani, it has been announced that Lucky has wrapped production and will be released in the US by DREAD. Also in today's Horror Highlights: 1BR's Fantasia International Film Festival premiere details as well as a clip from the film, open submissions for a new Tenderfoot TV podcast, and release details for both Stalked by My Doctor: A Sleepwalker's Nightmare and the radio drama Hall of Shadows.
1BR Fantasia International Film Festival Premiere Details and New Clip: "After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not right. Unable to sleep, tormented by strange noises and threatening notes, her new life quickly starts to unravel. By the time she learns the horrifying truth, it's too late. Caught in a waking nightmare, Sarah must find the strength to hold onto her crumbling sanity...or be trapped forever in an existential hell.
Horror films don't come more instantly identifiable than 1BR… Marmor's smart script and solid cast make 1BR one of Fantasia 2019's top discoveries. Don't sleep in this 1BR, but don't sleep on it, either. – Matthew Kiernan, Fantasia International Film Festival
1BR is the debut from writer/director David Mamor and produced by Alok Mishra and Shane Vorster for Malevolent Films, Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray for Epicenter, as well as Nic Izzi and Sam Sandweiss, and executive produced by Peter Phok.
The film’s diverse cast includes Alan Blumenfeld (Heroes), Taylor Nichols (PEN15, JURASSIC PARK III), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Giles Matthey (Once Upon A Time, True Blood), Earnestine Phillips (HERE COMES TO BOOM), Susan Davis (WARGAMES), Clayton Hoff, Celeste Sullivan and Nicole Brydon Bloom as Sarah, in her debut feature film. 1BR features a vibrantly nightmarish score from celebrated composer Ronen Landa, best known for his work on horror hits THE PACT and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR.
1BR will celebrate its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 18th, screening during the esteemed Frontiéres Co-Production Market, in Montreal, Canada."
Lucky Wraps Production: "Epic Pictures wraps production on LUCKY, a dark feminist thriller written by Brea Grant (THE ARRANGEMENT, Heroes) and directed by Natasha Kermani (IMITATION GIRL). Grant also stars in the feature, which shot in Los Angeles, CA and will see release in the US by Epic’s genre label, DREAD.
LUCKY follows May, a self-help book author with all the answers, who suddenly finds herself stalked by a threatening but elusive masked man, and caught in a struggle to get help from the people around her and maintain control on her own life.
In addition to Grant, who recently starred in Jeremy Gardner’s celebrated Tribeca premiering SOMETHING ELSE, LUCKY features Kristina Klebe (HELLBOY, 2019), Dhruv Uday Singh (Good Trouble), Leith M. Burke (SUBURBICON), Kausar Mohammed (WHAT MEN WANT), Yasmine Al-Bustami (I Ship It), Tara Perry (The Fresh Beat Band) and Hunter C. Smith as menacing villain, The Man.
“The script for LUCKY peers through the looking glass into a surreal version of our own world, and to me is very much a genre story with real-life horrors just below the surface,” says Kermani. “I am thrilled to assemble such an amazing team in front of and behind the camera to bring Brea's strange and beautiful vision to the screen.”
Epic Pictures CEO Patrick Ewald and Robert V. Galluzzo produced, along with Chelsea Davenport and Kimberly Hwang. Veteran special effects master Jeff Farley teams up once again with Kermani for the project following his work on her acclaimed debut, IMITATION GIRL.
Additional titles currently announced for DREAD’S 2019 slate include Stewart Sparke’s BOOK OF MONSTERS, BLACK SITE from British filmmaker, Tom Paton, and the military zombie epic REDCON-1, directed by Chee Keong Cheung and from the executive producer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman.
About Epic Pictures:
Established in 2007, Epic Pictures Group has grown to become one of the most creative and dynamic independent studios. Focusing on filmmaker-driven projects. Epic often helps shape them from script to launch via its domestic distribution division, Epic Pictures Releasing. Epic Pictures Group seeks out relationships with exceptional producers and talent in order to secure A-level, high-quality projects. Epic Pictures Group actively develops a full range of new relationships and strategic alliances with financers, independent production companies, producers and studios both domestically and in Europe and Asia. Epic Pictures recently acquired Dreadcentral.com and now features horror titles through DREAD."
Submit Your Scary Story to New Tenderfoot TV Podcast: Tenderfoot TV co-founder Payne Lindsey is creating a new podcast and has opened submissions to listeners to submit their scariest story pitch. You can submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org, and those selected will be compensated.
"Payne is looking for your scariest story for potential inclusion in his newest podcast. Think paranormal, unsolved, unexplained, really anything that makes your skin crawl. If you have a story that you think may be a good fit, you can email it to email@example.com. Anyone whose story is chosen to highlight on the podcast will be compensated.
About Tenderfoot TV: Executive Biographies
Founded by Atlanta director and independent filmmaker, Payne Lindsey, and music industry veteran, Donald Albright, Tenderfoot TV is a hub for creators and storytellers. The company launched in August 2016 with the release of the viral true crime podcast, “Up and Vanished.” It has since created additional breakthrough podcasts including the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster” as well as the true crime hits “Monster: The Zodiac Killer,” “To Live and Die in LA”, “Culpable,” and “Sworn.” Tenderfoot is also developing multiple projects for TV and film, but podcasts remain the company’s primary focus, having amassed over 425 million total downloads in less than three years. Tenderfoot strives to tell compelling and important stories. No rules. No restrictions."
Stalked by My Doctor: A Sleepwalker's Nightmare Release Details: "HORROR VETERANS FELISSA ROSE & RICKY DEAN LOGAN JOIN ERIC ROBERTS’ LIFETIME MOVIE FRANCHISE AIRING SATURDAY.
In the fourth installment of his killer doctor franchise, Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train/The Dark Knight) is joined by horror icon Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp/Victor Crowley), Emilie Ullerup (Chesapeake Shores/Leprechaun: Origins), and Ricky Dean Logan (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare/Back to the Future II & III) in Stalked by My Doctor: A Sleepwalker’s Nightmare, airing this Saturday, July 13 at 8pm/7c on Lifetime.
Wanted for multiple crimes, Dr. Albert Beck (Eric Roberts) hides out as a lowly waiter at a roadside diner in the New Mexico desert. But Beck escapes his dead-end life by assuming the identity of another doctor en route to a new job at a nearby sleep clinic.
After charming his way past the clinic’s director, Pamela (Felissa Rose), Beck falls for his first patient: Michelle (Emilie Ullerup), who suffers from sexsomnia - a rare condition that causes her to sleepwalk into sexual relations with strangers. Beck dedicates himself to Michelle’s treatment, using it as an excuse to get close to her and win her affections.
But Beck’s interest in Michelle is derailed by the arrival of her beautiful niece, Katie (Angeline Appel), who suffers from a similar nocturnal condition. Beck turns his romantic attentions to the younger woman, causing Michelle to grow suspicious and alert Pamela, who begins to question Beck’s erratic behavior…
Needing to clear the path for his relationship with Katie, Beck frames Michelle for Pamela’s murder and has her institutionalized for the crime - giving him total access to a distraught Katie. Michelle, realizing Beck’s true intentions, escapes from the asylum and races to save her niece from the murderous doctor - leading to a dangerous showdown between Michelle, her sleepwalking niece, and the lovelorn Dr. Beck!
Stalked by My Doctor: A Sleepwalker’s Nightmare was directed by Jeff Hare (Killer Under the Bed) and produced by Ken Sanders (Killer Under the Bed/Wishmaster), co-produced by Sheri Reeves (Jack the Reaper), and associate produced by Christian Ackerman (My Favorite Horror Movie/Bethany)."
Hall of Shadows Radio Show Release Details: "Hall of Shadows is a new radio drama series released by New Frame Media featuring stories of horror and suspense."