Mere months before Eric Pham’s Flay was set for a limited theatrical run to be followed by a DVD release, Sony brought a legal hammer down that brought the film’s progress to a screeching halt. The studio giant was on the verge of releasing Slender Man and had purchased the rights to the creepypasta character created by Victor Surge. The main villain in Flay, they argued, bore too many similarities to Slender Man (aka Slenderman) and producers were therefore guilty of infringement.
Perhaps it was the utter failure of Slender Man (released in 2018) or simply a change of heart, Sony dropped threats to block Flay‘s release, paving the way for the film to descend upon the masses. Though available to stream since April 2nd, Flay will grace theaters at this year’s Cannes film festival on May 20th before a limited run in Austin, TX (Pham’s hometown) beginning May 26th. We can only assume a DVD will follow.
Per today’s announcement:
Pham, who is known for his SFX work on some of Robert Rodriguez’s best-known movies, directs a stellar cast including The Flash actress Violett Beane and Phantasm star A. Michael Baldwin. Elle LaMont (Alita: Battle Angel, Machete Kills), Dalton Gray (Lazer Team, Dumber and Dumber To), Johnny Walter, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, Peggy Schott, Kaylee King, and Noe de la Garza also star.
Check out the synopsis and trailer below.
After the sudden death of her mother, an estranged daughter struggles to save her brother and those around her from Flay, a malevolent Native American spirit.