FilmDistrict will release Insidious, a new horror film from the director-writer team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell (Saw), produced by the masterminds behind Paranormal Activity: Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film stars Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey and also features Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell and was executive produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. It will be FilmDistrict's inaugural theatrical release on April 1, 2011, opening on 2500 screens.
Insidious is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted.
"With Insidious, James and Leigh are redefining the haunted house genre," says Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. "By taking well-known horror movie conventions and elevating them to the next level, they've created a film that is fun, suspenseful and very, very scary."
FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) own all U.S rights on Insidious, which was financed by Alliance Films and is an Alliance Films/ IM Global presentation. The film was acquired after a riotous screening at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. DVD and other ancillary rights will be handled by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It will also be the first film in FilmDistrict's partnership with Netflix. Alliance will release the film in Canada, Spain, and the UK.
"James and Leigh have once again demonstrated their extraordinary talent and innovation as filmmakers," says Haunted Movies CEO Jason Blum. "We are excited that FilmDistrict will bring this frightening and incredibly entertaining movie to audiences across the country."
"Insidious is truly this generation's Poltergeist," says Bob Berney, FilmDistrict's President of Theatrical Distribution. "James and Leigh know their stuff, and horror fans and film lovers alike are in for a real treat."