The seemingly most tranquil place to find asylum can actually become the most sinister spot a vulnerable person can ever encounter. Thats certainly true for the title character in the upcoming horror film, St. Agatha. The fight for refuge is thriving, as the female-driven psychological dramas worldwide sales rights have been acquired by Octane Entertainment.
The highly anticipated movie, which was shot in Madison, Georgia, is currently in post-production. St. Agatha was written by Andy Demetrio (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Shaun Fletcher (The Road Trip), Sara Sometti Michaels (The Photographer) and Clint Sears (Tales of Halloween).
The horror film was helmed by prolific genre director, Darren Lynn Bousman, the filmmaker behind three installments of the Saw franchise. St. Agatha stars Sabrina Kern (The Tension Experience), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Courtney Halverson (Unfriended) Trin Miller (Captain Fantastic) and Seth Michaels (Pel: Birth of a Legend).
Earlier this week, Octane Entertainment President Jack Campbell made the announcement about the sales and production companys acquisition of St. Agatha. Were very excited to introduce Darrens latest masterpiece to buyers at the American Film Market (AFM) this week, said Campbell. 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 throughoutFrom the writing to the acting to the directing and execution, St. Agatha is a cut above anything that Ive seen in a long time.
I have always been attracted to the dark, sinister and macabre, Bousman revealed. 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.
The filmmaker added that St. Agatha spoke to me, as it takes a look at the unflinching horrors that befell women in the 1950s, 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.
St. Agatha is set in the 1950s in small town Georgia, where a pregnant con woman named Agatha is on the run. She seeks refuge in a convent thats hidden in deafening isolation. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested. She 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 thats needed to escape and save her baby before shes caged behind these walls forever.
The drama was produced by Sara Sometti Michaels, Srdjan Stakic and Tara Ansley, and was executive produced by Kevin Traier, Rick Le and Seth Michaels. Campbell and Seth Michaels, along with Ramo Law, negotiated the deal on behalf of the producers. Campbell also serves as the sales agent for the movie at AFM.