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XLrator Media Picks up critically acclaimed psychological horror film Sun Choke; Release Set For Summer

19 January 2016 4:42 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Ben Cresciman’s awesome as hell Sun Choke was by far one of the best films that I had the privilege of watching in 2015, having seen it during its festival run (review and it was featured on our Top 10 Films of 2015 list). The psychological horror film features a career-defining performance from Freaks and Geeks/Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumni Sarah Hagan and also very impressive supporting performances from horror icon Barbara Crampton (Re-animator, You’Re Next, We Are Still Here) and Sara Malakul Lane (17 & Life).

Announced today, it looks as if genre studio XLrator Media has acquired the film, with plans to release this Summer on its “MacAbre” label. “Sun Choke is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion that will leave audiences emotionally shaken and questioning the line between reality and nightmare. It’s an impressive, assured work that marks Ben Cresciman as an important filmmaker to watch, »

- Jerry Smith

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Sun Choke Acquired by XLrator Media

19 January 2016 2:50 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

XLrator Media announced that they've acquired North American distribution rights to Sun Choke, with plans to release the Barbara Crampton-starring film sometime this summer:

Press Release: Los Angeles (January 19, 2016) – XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the thriller Sun Choke and will release the film this Summer on its acclaimed “MacAbre” genre label. The film has played over a dozen festivals including FrightFest and the Stanley Film Festival.

Written and directed by Ben Cresciman (Negative Space), Sun Choke stars iconic horror film actress Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Re-Animator, Lords of Salem), Sarah Hagan (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Sara Malakul Lane (17 & Life: Jailbait, the upcoming Kickboxer: Vengeance) along with Evan Jones, Joe Nieves and Jim Boeven. The film features a haunting score by noted musician/producer Boom Bip (aka Bryan Hollon).

Sun Choke is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of »

- Derek Anderson

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Psychological Thriller 'Sun Choke' Picked Up By XLrator Media

19 January 2016 11:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Second Annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival Announces Full Lineup After screening at horror festivals throughout much of last year, "Sun Choke" has finally been acquired for North American distribution, courtesy of XLrator Media. The company will release the film under their "Macabre" label. "Sun Choke" is written and directed by Ben Cresciman and stars Barbara Crampton and Sarah Hagan. Hagan plays Janie, a young woman struggling to get well after a recent violent psychotic breakdown. Crampton plays her lifelong caregiver, whose strict and bizarre regime might be doing more harm than good. Janie's mental health threatens to deteriorate again when she grows an unhealthy obsession with a young woman (Sarah Malakul Lane), which brings the three women together in a twisted battle for control. "'Sun Choke' is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of Roman Polanski’s 'Repulsion' that »

- Mike Lown

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