Dark Sky Films today announced it has acquired all North American distribution rights to the new horror-comedy IT CUTS DEEPS, the directorial debut from Nicholas Payne Santos.
Greg Newman, Executive Vice President of MPI/Dark Sky Films, negotiated rights for the film and Dark Sky’s parent company, MPI Media Group will be representing worldwide international sales for the film. Nicola Goelzhaeuser, MPI’s Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions will be introducing IT CUTS DEEP to buyers at this year’s virtual Cannes.
The film is an 88/90 Production in association with BullMoose Pictures. The producer of the film is Kristy Richman. IT CUTS DEEP will be released in November 2020.
IT CUTS DEEP lives up to its title, revealing the extremes to which the fear of getting married and having children can go. While on Christmas vacation, a young couple contemplates their future together. Ashley (Quinn Jackson, “The Blacklist”, “Hunting Season”) is interested in marriage and kids, which terrifies Sam (acclaimed comedian Charles Gould, The Big Sick, “Bonding”). But when the handsome and paternal Nolan (John Anderson, “Quantico”, “Mozart in the Jungle”) enters the picture, Sam’s life spirals out of control as Ashley questions their relationship. Chaos reigns as Sam desperately clings to Ashley while fending off the threatening Nolan.
IT CUTS DEEP stars rising comedian Charles Gould. Gould is an LA-based stand-up comedian who was named a “Comic To Watch” by Comedy Central and was most recently named a “New Face of Comedy” at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
MPI/Dark Sky’s Greg Newman said, “Nicholas Santos has created a truly original blend of thrills and sly humor. Charles Gould’s standout performance makes IT CUTS DEEP a unique kind of horror film that we’re thrilled to be bringing to audiences.”
Santos said, “I’m incredibly excited to team up with Dark Sky Films to release my feature directorial debut into the world. With a strong track record of passionately supporting unique genre pictures like ours, I am confident the film is in the right hands.
Logan Ann Taylor of the Boston Underground Film Festival praised Santos’ debut feature: “A clever, economical, and effective send-off of the slasher film, IT CUTS DEEP aims to surprise and hits its mark at every turn.”
The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor, and licensor of films. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Dark Sky Films is an independent film production and distribution label founded in 2008, working with emerging talent as well as established veterans to develop, package, produce and finance feature films and episodic television projects. Representing films from some of the most talented directors working today, such as Ti West’s The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, and Jim Mickle’s Stake Land, Dark Sky continues to identify original talent and projects to bring a vibrant slate of films to the world market, with original productions and releases such as Girl on the Third Floor, We Are Still Here, Deathgasm, Emelie, Catfight and, most recently, Darlin’ and Bliss.