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Focus on: Upcoming Horror Films

Oct 31, 2020 12:09:30 PM / by Marie Mathieu

October, 31. We are right in the middle of the spooky season. What better time to start preparing for Halloween 2021? In this article, we provide you with three horror films that might become part of your 2021 catalogue.


Horror on Halloween


Titane - Julia Ducournau

Titane will be the second production by French director Julia Ducournau, whose debut feature, Grave (Raw, 2016), a mix of body horror and coming-of-age film, was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes. Grave became a huge success and was released in many countries worldwide, such as Mexico, Singapour, Canada, Australia and the United States. Titane will tell the story of Adrien Vincent, a young man who disappeared as a child and is found alive years later. As he's finally reunited with his father, gruesome murders are piling up in the region. The film will star French actors Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle. Though it was expected to begin production in April 2020, filming had to be postponed because of the pandemic. The film, produced by Kazak Productions (France) and Frakas Productions (Belgium), is currently in pre-production. The upcoming feature film’s domestic rights were acquired last year by Neon, which negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch International. If the project has already found distributors in France (Diaphana) and Belgium (O’Brother), it is still available for distributors in foreign countries. The film received support from the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Eurimage, Inver Invest Tax Shelter, the CNC, Canal +, Ciné +, Région Ile-de-France, Région Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur and Arte.


Occhiali neri (Black glasses) - Dario Argento

Eight years after the release of his latest film, Dracula 3D, famous Italian director Dario Argento is working on a new giallo, Black Glasses. The upcoming production of the director of Suspiria and Inferno will focus on Diana, a young woman who lost her sight (played by Argento’s daughter Asia). Diana will find a guide in a Chinese boy named In, and together they will track down a dangerous killer through the darkness of Italy. The film, currently in its pre-production stage, is being produced by Conchita Airoldi (Urania Pictures, Italy) and Brahim Chioua (Getaway Films, France). Though the production was supposed to be filmed in spring, shooting has been postponed to later this year. The film is scheduled to be released next year. No sales agent nor distributors have officially been attached to the project yet.


The Change - Jennifer Handorf

The Change is the debut feature as a director by British producer Jennifer Handorf. The film, produced by Jennifer Handorf herself (Dark Matter Films, UK) and Alex Bentley (AB Plus Films, UK) is presented as a dark tale on menopause. It was featured as part of this year’s Frontieres program at Cannes’ Marché du Film. The American sales agent MPI Media Group acquired the film’s rights earlier this year. The production, which received early development support from the BFI, has now entered the pre-production stage. Shooting should start at the beginning of 2021. 


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Written by Marie Mathieu

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