Gordon Fleming's asbestos removal crew were infected by it in 2001's Session 9, Lance Preston and his ghost investigation team faced it in 2011's Grave Encounters, and soon a group of teenagers will also become immersed in the creepy, haunting, and ultimately mind-bending atmosphere of an abandoned asylum in Marcus Nispel's Exeter (formerly known as Backmask). Featured in our latest round-up, the next film from the director of the Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes has been acquired for U.S. distribution and given a release date. Also included in this go-around is the poster for The Diabolical, a new horror film starring Ali Larter, as well as a look at Super7 and Secret Base's Green Slime Alien soft vinyl figure, going on sale this Friday.
Exeter: Viva Pictures and DirecTV have acquired the U.S. rights to Exeter and have set a July 2nd DirecTV debut for the horror film, followed by a theatrical release from Viva Pictures:
"Los Angeles, CA – Viva Pictures and DIRECTV announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to EXETER, a feature film from the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious. The film will debut exclusively on DIRECTV on July 2 followed by a theatrical release by Viva Pictures later this year.
EXETER was directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Kirsten McCallion. The film was executive produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider.
After an all-night party at an abandoned asylum known for its horrific treatment of its patients, a group of ordinary teens decide to tinker with the occult, leading to a possession, a paranormal mystery and into a bloody nightmare that no one could predict.
“I am thrilled to have our film EXETER premiere exclusively on DIRECTV, a premium platform that is also supported with massive P&A,” commented Nispel. “Horror fans can now enjoy my work ‘uncompromised’. The marketing teams at Viva Pictures, BLKBX Creative Group and DIRECTV have some serious treats in store to make this a true event and change the way of how movies will be mainlined.”
“The pedigree of Nispel and the producers made this an obvious choice for distribution,” says Viva Pictures’ President Victor Elizalde. “From the opening sequence to the end credits, audiences will be horrified in ways never before seen.”
“EXETER is an undeniably frightening and scary film. DIRECTV is thrilled to be working with Viva Pictures to bring EXETER to our subscribers before it hits theaters,” said Hanny Patel, senior director of Marketing, DIRECTV.
The deal was repped by WME Global and negotiated with producer Michael Corso of Steelhaus Productions, Andrew Lee on behalf of DIRECTV, Frank Donner on behalf of BLKBX Creative Group and Victor Elizalde for Viva Pictures.
EXETER is the first film in the newly-formed partnership between Viva Pictures and DIRECTV to release films exclusively on DIRECTV during a 30-day window prior to their theatrical debut. This unique union provides national exposure for filmmakers with exceptional motion pictures to DIRECTV's 20 million customers.
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About Viva Pictures
VIVA Pictures, LLC. is an independent film distribution company offering a wide variety of channels for its partners. Led by entertainment industry veteran, Victor Elizalde, VIVA Pictures is a leading distributor that understands and focuses on the needs of the independent producer. The company is ideally positioned for creating a new, modern distribution model leveraging innovative technology and existing relationships with key retailer and rental channels on par with major studios. Recent releases include Antboy, Top Cat & Cottage Country starring Malin Ackerman. For more information, visit http://www.vivafilmco.com.
DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 39 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its over 20 million customers access to more than 195 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 14 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 19 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include ownership interests and management of four Regional Sports Networks: ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain, Pittsburgh, Southwest and Northwest; and has minority ownership interests in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com http://www.directv.com/."
Photos via Lisa Tanner:
The Diabolical: Starring Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Final Destination 2, Final Destination), The Diabolical recently made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival as a Midnighters selection. The paranormal film from XLrator Media will play once more at the festival this Friday, March 20th, at the Alamo Ritz and you can see the movie's poster below.
The directorial debut of Alistair Legrand off a screenplay he wrote with Luke Harvis, The Diabolical stars Ali Larter, Arjun Gupta, Max Rose, Merrin Dungey, Chloe Perrin, Kurt Carley, Patrick Fischler, Wilmer Calderon, Tom Wright, and Laura Margolis. The Diabolical is slated for a fall release.
Green Slime Alien Soft Vinyl Figure: A follow-up to their glow-in-the-dark Alien figure that came out in November, Super7 and Secret Base have teamed up to bring another four-inch tall Xenomorph figure to fruition, this time with a green slime color. The figure will be available to purchase for $50.00 this Friday at http://super7store.com.
Via Super7: "Super7 and Secret Base have created a new specimen of Xenomorph, the Green Slime Alien soft vinyl figure! Cast in translucent green vinyl with black paint rub, the terrifying 4″ tall Alien creature will reach Earth this Friday, March 20, at 12 Noon PST."