IFC Films and Shudder have acquired the rights to Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Spooky Pictures’ supernatural horror Late Night with the Devil, written directed and edited by Australian filmmakers Cameron and Colin Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres, Scare Campaign). The rights will cover North America, UK and Ireland, with plans to release the film exclusively in theaters. The film will stream on Shudder at a later date.
The film is headed up by David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad, Oppenheimer), who plays charismatic late-night talk show host Jack Delroy, whose live show unwittingly ushers evil into the nation’s living rooms.
The cast also features Laura Gordon (Saw V, Streamline), Ian Bliss (Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions), Fayssal Bazzi (“Shantaram,” “Stateless”), Ingrid Torelli (“The End”), Rhys Auteri , Georgina Haig (“Snowpiercer,” “Limitless”) and Josh Quong Tart (Scare Campaign, Little Monsters).
Late Night with the Devil first screened to rave reviews at SXSW and went on to win over audiences at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal, the Sydney Film Festival, BIFAN in Korea, Sitges, the London Film Festival and Toronto After Dark, to name but a few. The film took home the Best Screenplay award at Sitges as well as numerous accolades at Toronto After Dark, including Best Feature Film and Best Actor for Dastmalchian. The film is also currently sitting at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Commenting on the film, Emily Gotto, Shudder’s VP of Global Acquisitions & Co-Productions said, “Late Night With The Devil is an exhilarating demonstration of how the horror genre continues to present new and exciting storytelling. We’re delighted to partner with Cameron and Colin, Image Nation, and Spooky Pictures on the release of the film as we continue to work with some of the industry’s most talented filmmakers … Following its massive success during its run at SXSW, BFI London Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival and many more, we have no doubt that audiences will be enthralled by the film’s supernatural thrills and David’s electrifying performance.”
Filmmakers Colin and Cameron Cairnes added, “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with IFC Films and Shudder to share Late Night with the Devil with wider audiences around the globe. The success of the film’s international festival run has exceeded our wildest expectations and we can’t wait to embark on the next exciting phase of the movie’s journey with these fantastic partners.”
David Dastmalchian, actor and producer on the film said, “Playing Jack Delroy in Late Night with the Devil was a once-in-a-lifetime role that haunted me and changed the way I look at my work forever. IFC Films and Shudder are the perfect partners to bring this film to audiences. I’m so grateful to the Cairnes brothers for their craftsmanship and to all of the festival fans who have created an incredible rumble about Late Night with the Devil!”
The film is produced by Derek Dauchy, Mat Govoni, Steven Schneider, Roy Lee, Adam White, John Molloy and David Dastmalchian for Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Spooky Pictures, Future Pictures and Good Fiend Films.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers and Emily Gotto and Adam Koehler on behalf of IFC Films and Shudder. AGC is representing international sales of the film at AFM.