[News] Michael Keating's OFFSEASON Acquired by RLJE Films & Shudder
Still from OFFSEASON

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to the wildly popular film OFFSEASON, which world-premiered to positive reviews at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, with WTFilms taking international sales rights.

Playing well to audiences and critics alike, critic Perri Nemiroff called the film “One of Mickey Keating’s Best” in her YouTube review, while the Austin Chronicle’s Richard Whittaker called Keating a “horror wunderkind,” describing the film as “chilling and unsettling, intimate yet monstrously vast in its cosmic horrors, OFFSEASOn is as dangerously welcoming as the island itself,” and Rue Morgue’s Michael Gingold states “the film is further proof of his ability to conjure up rich atmosphere and genuine creeps with quiet, understated skill.”

Written and Directed by Mickey Keating (Darling, Carnage Park, Psychopaths) and starring Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil)  and Joe Swanberg (You’re Next, The Sacrament), this American Gothic horror follows a woman (Jocelin Donahue) who travels to a desolate island town after receiving a mysterious letter and soon becomes trapped in a nightmare.

Writer, director, producer Mickey Keating’s work includes Darling, Carnage Park, and Psychopaths, and was host of the Shudder Original Series “The Core.”  OFFSEASON was his third film to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, and his third collaboration with producer Eric B. Fleischman.

Writer/Director Mickey Keating stated, “Working with RLJE and Shudder to release OFFSEASON is an absolute dream. Over the years they have become an unparalleled force releasing some of the most innovative, original and exciting genre films in the world. I couldn’t be more excited to now be a part of that and can’t wait to terrify audiences everywhere.”

RLJE plans to release OFFSEASON in theaters early next year.  Shudder, which has also acquired UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand rights, will premiere the film on its platform later in 2022.  The film was produced by Maurice Fadida and Eric B. Fleischman through their label Defiant Studios and financed by Kodiak Pictures.

Playing well to audiences and critics alike, critic Perri Nemiroff called the film “One of Mickey Keating’s Best” in her YouTube review, while the Austin Chronicle’s Richard Whittaker called Keating a “horror wunderkind,” describing the film as “chilling and unsettling, intimate yet monstrously vast in its cosmic horrors, OFFSEASOn is as dangerously welcoming as the island itself,” and Rue Morgue’s Michael Gingold states “the film is further proof of his ability to conjure up rich atmosphere and genuine creeps with quiet, understated skill.”

“With OFFSEASON, Keating has crafted an eerie, chilling nightmare that will haunt viewers with its uncanny terror and bone-deep sense of dread, anchored by a mesmerizing lead performance from Donahue,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.

Defiant Studios Eric B. Fleischman and Maurice Fadida added, “We’re very excited to be re-teaming with RLJE and starting our relationship with Shudder on this acquisition. They have built the premiere home for horror and we’re honored to be joining the family!”

OFFSEASON is a perfect storm of eerie visuals, unsettling sound and outstanding performances,” says Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films.  “We know the insane tension of this film will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

Added WT Films Co-Founder Gregory Chambet, “We have been fans of Mickey and following his career evolution closely since the start of the company and his first film. He is one of the most gifted director of his generation and OFFSEASON is his most accomplished title yet, with a great central performance by Jocelin Donahue and haunting visuals that makes for a unique and frightening experience.”

CAA Media Finance brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. The deal was negotiated by Emily Gotto of Shudder, Mark Ward of RLJE Films and Gregory Chambet on behalf of WTFilms with CAA’s Nick Ogiony on behalf of Defiant’s Eric B. Fleischman and Maurice Fadida.

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