EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the horror film The Inhabitant, starring Odessa A’zion (Hulu’s Hellraiser), Leslie Bibb (Mrs. American Pie), Dermot Mulroney (Umma) and Lizze Broadway (The Rookie), programming it for release in more than 100 theaters on October 7. Highland Film Group is handling the international rights, with sales launching at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
The film from director Jerren Lauder (Stay Out of the F**king Attic) follows Tara (A’zion), who, like any other teenager, is surviving high school, but her father Ben (Mulroney) and her mother Emily (Bibb) seem strangely aloof. Amidst a near wave of gruesome ax murders, Tara has sightings of terrifying entities, forcing her to question her own sanity and her shocking ancestry. After a visit to her aunt in an insane asylum and a night at Lizzie Borden’s royal home, Tara realizes that she is inextricably tied to the horrible curse that has plagued her bloodline for nearly a century. As the victims pile up and the police close in, Tara is left with no choice but to confront her own demons.
Kevin Bachar wrote the screenplay for The Inhabitant, with Leone Marucci and Petr Jakl producing, and Ara Keshishian, Martin J. Barab, and Roy Scott Macfarland serving as executive producers.
“An extraordinary cast and passionate filmmakers came together for Kevin’s chilling script and sparks flew,” said Marucci. “So our goal was to partner with distributors who were as excited about the film as we were. We found it at Gravitas Ventures and Highland Film Group.”
Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the outstanding team at Gravitas Ventures on The Inhabitant.”
Highland Film Group COO Delphine Perrier commented: “With an overriding theme of female empowerment coupled with a thoroughly modern approach, The Inhabitant will definitely appeal to the younger generation. This is an intense horror film full of suspense and intrigue and is a great addition to our TIFF list.”
“This creative team has created an incredible horror film with THE INHABITANT that is not only effective and terrifying, but also consistently engaging and entertaining,” added Gravitas Ventures Acquisitions Manager Brett Rogalsky. “Movies like this are the kind that stay with you long after the credits roll.”
Gravitas Ventures is an independent feature film and documentary distributor founded in 2006, which sold to multi-platform media company Anthem Sports & Entertainment last November, and recently announced the launch of new theatrical release label, Gravitas Premiere. The company’s recent releases include Michael Lembeck’s queen bees; Gabriela Cowperthwaite Our friendstarring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel; Vanguard, directed by Stanley Tong and starring Jackie Chan; and Andy Tennant The secret: Dare to dreamstarring Katie Holmes.
Rogalsky negotiated the deal for The Inhabitant on behalf of Gravitas Ventures, with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.