Yesterday, the Popcorn Frights Film Festival announced their 2nd Wave of films screening at this year’s event, taking place from August 12th through 19th (both theatrically and virtually). It includes two upcoming releases from DREAD (the horror distribution arm of our parent company, Epic Pictures): Howling Village, and Val!
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Today, Dread Central is thrilled to share a handful of exclusive first look images from Val! Check them out and read more about the movie below.
Fin is a criminal on the run, wanted for the murder of his boss and the accidental shooting of an officer. He breaks into the home of a high-class escort, only to discover that you get more than you bargain for with Val, short for “Valefar” – a demon who offers to make all his problems disappear if he agrees to follow her rules. But in Val’s world there are no accidents, and as Fin meets her other “customers”, he learns that Val was expecting him all along, and it isn’t easy to escape Val’s dungeon.
Val stars John Kapelos (Academy award winner The Shape of Water, Netflix´s The Umbrella Academy), Kyle Howard (Paramount Pictures’ Orange County, USA Network’s Royal Pains), SAG Award nominee Sufe Bradshaw (HBO’s Veep, Netflix’s Murder Mystery), and Erik Griffin (Netflix’s The Sleepover, Comedy Central’s Workaholics).
The film is directed by Aaron Fradkin who also co-writes with filmmaker and social media personality Victoria Fratz. Fradkin and Fratz recently collaborated on the breakout comedy about modern dating Electric Love that they co-wrote. Fradkin also directed Electric Love, which won Best World Premiere at San Diego Film Festival.
The digital domestic release date for Val is set for October 5th this year.
“As fans of the thriller and horror genres, we have built a reputation for spotting the most original and fresh content for this market. Val is a fun horror with a very unexpected and refreshing sense of humor that will captivate international and domestic audiences alike. Aaron did a fantastic job directing the film with a top-class cast. He and Victoria wrote a brilliant script that truly comes together in the most amazing way,” said Epic Pictures’ CEO Patrick Ewald.
A Social House Films production, the film is produced by Jonathan Carkeek (Lionsgate´s The Prince), Paul Kim (Paramount Pictures’ Mighty Oak), Jeremy Meyer (Intimate Apparel), and Caitlin O’Connor (Electric Love). Victoria Fratz is the executive producer.
Kalani Dreimanis, Director of International Sales at Epic Pictures negotiated the worldwide rights deal on behalf of Epic Pictures with Ty Leisher at Exit 44 Entertainment on behalf of the producers.
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