IFC Midnight and Shudder buy psychological horror film ‘She Will’

IFC Midnight and Shudder have entered into a multi-jurisdictional agreement for “She Will,” a psychological horror film directed by artist and filmmaker Charlotte Colbert.

The film is a gothic fairy tale about Veronica Ghent who, after a double mastectomy, travels to a healing retreat in the Scottish countryside with her young nurse Desi. There, she discovers that the process of such surgery opens up questions about her very existence, leading her to begin to question and confront past traumas. The two develop an unlikely bond as mysterious forces give Veronica the power to exact revenge in her dreams.

“She Will” was a hit on the festival circuit. It won the Golden Leopard for Best First Film at the Locarno Film Festival and was in the official selection of the London Film Festival, Sitges, Fantastic Fest and Thessaloniki.

“She Will” stars Alice Krige (“Sleepwalkers”), Kota Eberhardt (“Dark Phoenix”), Rupert Everett (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”), Amy Manson (“Spencer”), Jonathan Aris (“The Death of Stalin”)) and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). The film was produced by Jessica Malik and Bob Last and written by Kitty Percy and Colbert. Ed Pressman, Dario Argento, Sam Pressman, Ed Clarke, Sam Cryer, Hannah Leader, Thorsten Schumacher and Sara Woodhatch served as executive producers.

IFC Midnight will release the film theatrically and on demand in North America in 2022, with Shudder taking the first streaming window. AMC Networks will release the film in other territories including Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.

The film, presented by horror legend Dario Argento, garnered strong reviews; Alfonso Cuarón said “it’s in the tradition of great psychological horror films that leave a question mark long after they’re done” and Variety described it as a “highly accomplished debut”.

“Charlotte Colbert brought us an inventive and provocative debut film with ‘She Will’,” said Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films. “The film exudes topicality with an evocative feminist review that singles her out as one of the genre’s exciting new voices to contend with. We are delighted to welcome him to the IFC Midnight family.

“I’m thrilled to be working with IFC, Shudder, Vertigo and all of the distribution partners to release the film this year. I hope the coven will come see it on the big screen,” added Colbert.

“Charlotte Colbert has crafted an assured and riveting feature debut with ‘She Will’, a wickedly intelligent and socially relevant horror with standout performances from its outstanding cast,” said Craig Engler, Chief Executive Officer of Shudder. “We look forward to sharing its sorcery wonders with Shudder members around the world.”

Argento hailed the film as “”an excursion into the world of sorcery, madness, dreams, which together create an intoxicating atmosphere”.

The deal was negotiated by Bocco and IFC’s head of acquisitions, Adam Koehler, with Rocket Science’s head of sales, Claire Taylor. Rocket Science manages global sales at EFM.

Colbert’s works have been exhibited worldwide at Somerset House, Saatchi Gallery, Art Basel. Colbert has also written and directed award-winning short films, including “The Silent Man”.

IFC Midnight is a veteran of the horror genre, having released titles like ‘The Rental’, ‘The Babadook’ and ‘Swallow’.