IFC Films and Shudder acquires sci-fi horror film Menace

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We're hearing about so many new horror films lately, and we couldn't be more excited. Recently, we learned of an upcoming horror flick called Menace. IFC Films and Shudder have joined forces again and acquired North American rights to this movie, which is expected to be released sometime in 2025.

Menace is being described as a sci-fi horror film coming from Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the genre label Spooky Pictures. These two production companies were behind the horror movies Watcher and Late Night with the Devil. Randall Okita, who's known for helming the thriller flick See for Me, directed Menace from a screenplay written by Thom Eberhardt (Night of the Comet). Production on the movie recently wrapped in Canada.

Here's what Okita had to say about partnering with IFC Films and Shudder for Menace via Fangoria:

"I am thrilled to be working with IFC and Shudder to share MENACE with audiences around the world. They are the perfect partner for our sci-fi horror and I look forward to embarking on this journey with them for this fantastic project."

Randall Okita

Check out this first-look image of the new film via Bloody Disgusting on X.

The movie centers around a research student who, after having a psychotic breakdown, is returned to the custody of her aunt and uncle in a small town. But once she arrives in the town, strange, unexplainable things begin to occur, and people start disappearing. This leaves her uncertain and she begins to question what is real or what is her imagination.

Isabel May
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Isabel May (Alexa & Katie, 1883) stars in the leading role of the research student. She also serves as an executive producer under her banner Una Vaca Productions. Additional executive producers on the movie are Ben Ross, Rami Yasin, Tom Spriggs, and Stuart Ford. Roy Lee, Steven Schneider, Derek Dauchy, Daniel Ostroff, William Woods, and Maddy Falle are all signed on as producers.

This is all we know about the sci-fi horror film for now. As more information is released, we'll be sure to come back and update this space with what we found. So, stay tuned to 1428 Elm!

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