Neil Marshall horror film The Lair acquired by Shudder and RLJE Films

RLJE Films, the business unit of AMC Networks, and its horror-centric streaming service Shudder have acquired the North American rights to The lairthe next horror movie Neil Marshall, from Highland Film Group and its announced release date. Originally reported by Deadline, the director’s latest horror release from 2005 Lowering will be released by RLJE Films in theaters and on digital and video-on-demand later this year on October 28 and will ultimately head to Shudder in early 2023. While RLJE Films will handle the film’s North American release, with Shudder getting rights for the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand markets.


movie stars Charlotte Kirk as Captain Kate Sinclair, a Royal Air Force pilot who is shot in the air over Afghanistan. Once on the ground, she takes refuge in an old abandoned bunker, unknowingly releasing beings known as Ravagers, half-human, half-alien artificial biological weapons. Other stars of the film include Jonathan Howard and Jamie Bamber. Ahead of its theatrical release in October, The lair will premiere next month at FrightFest. Marshall had this to say about his upcoming movie:

“I’m thrilled to be back in the realm of full-fledged horror action for the first time since ‘The Descent’ and ‘Dog Soldiers,’ and this film certainly bears some kinship to those two films. Originally as a small and content independent film to shoot during lockdown, my ambitions for the film morphed into something much more action-packed and monster-fueled, with a sci-fi twist. cool characters, scares, laughs and of course grizzly death scenes. The main thing I want audiences to take away from this movie is a good time. I don’t think they will be disappointed.

Alongside the announcement of the acquisition, Deadline spoke with people from RLJE Films and Highland Film Group about The lair. One of the interviewees was the acquisitions director of RLJE Films, Mark the roomwho said: “Having made the scariest horror film of its decade, LoweringNeil Marshall is back with another terrifying underground journey. The lair proves once again that Neil Marshall is a true master of horror. Another quote comes from Delphine Perrier, the COO of Highland Film Group, who spoke about the company’s enthusiasm for the deal with RLJE Films. “We are thrilled to have the team at RLJE Films and Shudder join us in releasing The lair. They are the perfect partner to bring this action horror movie to audiences in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The lair delivers an edge-of-your-seat experience with terrifying creatures and exhilarating thrills that audiences love!​​​​”

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In addition to Kirk, Howard and Bamber, the cast of The lair also includes Marc Arends, Hadi Khanjanpour, Tanji Kibong, Leon Ockenden, Marc Strépan, Harry Taurasi, Alex Morgan, Adam Bond, Sarah Lambie, Kibong Tanji and Troy Alexander. In addition to starring in the film, Kirk also served as the film’s co-writer alongside Marshall, with the pair also serving as executive producers with Samantha Allwinton, Reinhard Besser, Phil Rymer, Joe Simpsonand simon williams. The producer of the project is Daniel Konrad Cooper with Kwesi Dickson, Jonathan Halperynand Daniel Kresmery serving as co-producers. The film is produced by Rather Good Films Ltd. Funding for the project comes from Ashland Hill Media Finance, Ingenious and Trigger Films. Highland Film Group handles international sales of the film.

The lair is set to hit theaters and digital and VOD on October 28, with Shudder set to release the film early next year. Stay tuned to Collider for a trailer of The lairin the meantime, check out a snippet of Shudder’s new docuseries Queer for fear.