By a Front Row Features Staff Reporter
Octane Entertainment has acquires worldwide sales rights to the psychological horror film “St. Agatha,” it was announced today by Octane Entertainment.
Shot in Madison, Ga., and currently in post-production, the female-driven film was written by Andy Demetrio (who played a crew member in “Star Trek Into Darkness”), Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels (who also serves as one of the producers) and Clint Sears. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed three installments of the “Saw” franchise, “St. Agatha” stars Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy (“True Blood”), Courtney Halverson (“Unfriended”), Trin Miller (“Captain Fantastic”) and Seth Michaels (“Pele: Birth of a Legend”).
Octane’s president, Jack Campbell, said in a statement, “We’re very excited to introduce Darren’s latest masterpiece to buyers at the American Film Market this week. This is exactly the type of project our clients have been looking for—a female-driven, elevated genre film with pedigree that is well-crafted throughout. We’ve seen huge successes in this arena lately, most recently with Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ From the writing to the acting to the directing and execution, ‘St. Agatha’ is a cut above anything that I’ve seen in a long time.”
“I have always been attracted to the dark, sinister, and macabre,” added director Bousman. “But, as I find myself getting older and now being a dad, blood and guts no longer amuse me. I need something more. I look for content, character and themes. ‘St. Agatha’ spoke to me as it takes a look at the unflinching horrors that befell women in the 1950’s and how that parallels to the not so different horrors that are befalling them today. It was amazing to work with such a strong female cast, and I look forward to pulling back the curtain and letting others glimpse into our sinister world.”
Set in the 1950s Georgia, a pregnant con woman named Agatha is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent hidden in deafening isolation. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark lair where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested. The young woman soon learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls. Agatha must now find a way to discover the unyielding strength needed to escape and save her baby before she’s caged behind these walls forever.
The horror film was produced by Michaels, Srdjan Stakic (“The Operative”) and Tara Ansley (“Tragedy Girls”) and was executive produced by Kevin Traier, Rick Le and Seth Michaels.