IFC Films, February 4, 2015


Film Made Its World Premiere in the “Midnight” Section at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

BERLIN, GERMANY (February 4, 2015) – IFC Midnight announced today from the European Film Market in Berlin that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to Corin Hardy’s THE HALLOW. The film, with a screenplay by Hardy and Felipe Marino, stars Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley. Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter produced the film with Marino, and Tim Smith, Paul Brett, Michael Mailis, Will Clarke and Kate Sharp executive produced the film. THE HALLOW made its world premiere in the “Park City at Midnight” section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

THE HALLOW is set deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland where ancient evil dwells. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks. Sundance programmers said “with his feature debut, acclaimed visual stylist Corin Hardy displays an innate talent for the macabre, approaching the medium with a cocksure confidence in his construction of the modern horror fable. Relying upon a precise and layered technical elegance, THE HALLOW seethes with an uncommonly sophisticated terror that uncoils effortlessly into an atmosphere of disquieting intensity and primal dread.”

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions and Productions for IFC Midnight, with WME Global and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

This is the second Sundance “Midnight” title acquired by IFC Midnight this year, coming on the heels of the company’s acquisition of JM Cravioto’s gritty revenge thriller REVERSAL.

IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

Established in 2010 and based in New York City, IFC Midnight is a leading U.S. distributor of genre entertainment including horror, science fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more. Some of the company’s previous successes have included Jennifer Kent’s critically acclaimed THE BABADOOK; Tom Six’s controversial horror film THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE); Ben Wheatley’s unconventional hitman thriller KILL LIST; and Rodney Ascher’s acclaimed documentary ROOM 237. IFC Midnight is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.


Michael Kupferberg
Strategy PR/Consulting