XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the suspense thriller THE WINDMILL and will release the film this October on its acclaimed "MACABRE" genre label.  The film has its world premiere at FrightFest next month. 

THE WINDMILL marks the directorial debut of Nick Jongerius (producer of FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY and DEAD END), based on his original idea with screenplay by Suszy Quid and Chris W. Mitchell.  The film stars Noah Taylor ("Game of Thrones," "Peaky Blinders"), Charlotte Beaumont, Patrick Baladi, Tanroh Ishida and Ben Batt.  It was produced by Daniel Koefoed (FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY), Nick Jongerius, Guirec Van Slingelandt (KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN) and Eric Brenner (AMNESIAC). 

"THE WINDMILL is a fun and nostalgic throwback to edge-of-your-seat horror classics like FRIDAY THE 13TH and THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET from the talented producers of FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY.  Halloween is going to be a lot scarier this year!" said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. 

THE WINDMILL centers around a group of unsuspecting tourists who awaken a mysterious evil whilst on a trip through the Dutch countryside.  When their tour bus breaks down, the strangers are forced to seek shelter in an abandoned barn beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshipping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain.  As members of the group start disappearing, secrets are revealed that seem to mark them all for doom. 

"It's been a dream come true to shoot my feature film debut with an international cast like Noah Taylor and Charlotte Beaumont, and I'm thrilled to have it released in North America by XLrator Media," said Nick Jongerius.  "It was my aim from the beginning to use Dutch heritage and locations as the film's backdrop.  I've always been fascinated - and scared - by windmills.  I can assure you that people will look at them differently after seeing the film." 

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media's Barry Gordon with Blue Fox Entertainment's Todd Slater on behalf of the filmmakers.  

"XLrator Media is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking distributors we know.  We are thrilled to have them release the film in theaters and across all platforms this Fall," said Todd Slater and James Huntsman of Blue Fox Entertainment. 

One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2016.  Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley's Jimi: All is by My Side starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix and SXSW hits Housebound, The Mule and The Diabolical.  XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels, the LIFEFRAME documentary film label and the PACE multicultural film label.  The company launched its first OTT channel with MACABRE Collection on Hulu and co-produced 400 Days which was released by SyFy Films.  The company previously released such diverse films as The Machine, CBGB, American Mary, Storm Surfers 3D, Banshee Chapter, Ironclad: Battle for Blood, Five Star, Queen Mimi and It's So Easy and Other Lies.