Jena Malone Wraps Filming on Carter Smith’s Queer Horror ‘Swallowed’, First Image Revealed

'Swallowed' Jena Malone Carter Smith
Jena Malone in a scene from 'Swallowed'. Courtesy of All the Dead Boys

Jena Malone recently rejoined The Ruins director Carter Smith to make Swallowed, his queer horror feature shot in rural Maine. The film is seeking distribution at Venice International Film Festival.

For now, fans of the director-star duo have this first image, in which Malone’s character appears worn down and weary.

A tale of small-town alienation, Swallowed follows two best friends as their world turns into a drug-induced, bug-laden backwoods nightmare. The film also stars Mark Patton (Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street), Cooper Koch (Less Than ZeroPower Book II: Ghost), and newcomer Jose Colõn.

Smith is a three-time Sundance alumni. Swallowed is a spiritual successor to his short film “Bugcrush,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2006.

Swallowed is the movie I wish I’d had as a horror loving queer kid growing up in rural Maine—with all the blood, sweat, and tears of a classic midnight movie,” Smith said in a statement. The director shared some thoughts on the craziness of the 16-day shoot after it wrapped.

Smith wrote, directed, and produced on behalf of his company All The Dead Boys. The queer horror production outfit describes its mission as “focused on exploring the queasy place where the beautiful and horrific meet.” Smith made Swallowed alongside Witchcraft Motion Picture Company producers Ross O’Connor (Premature) and Noah Lang (The Climb). 

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Jena Malone in Carter Smith’s The Ruins. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Smith is represented by ICM and recently helmed Into The Dark: Midnight Kiss for Blumhouse Productions, which premiered on Hulu. He also helmed the supernatural indie horror feature Jamie Marks is Dead, which premiered at Sundance in 2014.

Malone is represented by The Gersh Agency, and Cooper Koch is represented by Innovative Artists and Silver Lining Entertainment.

ICM is now presenting Swallowed to U.S. buyers at Venice, and the film is currently available for foreign rights.



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