Fans of twisted, messed up Turkish horror, do I have some great news for you. Can Evrenol, the director behind the waking nightmare that is Baskin, made another movie, Housewife, and it now has a distributor and a domestic release on the way.
According to a press release (via Screen Anarchy), RLJE Films (Brawl in Cell Block 99, Mayhem, I Kill Giants) acquired the rights and will release Housewife during the fall of this year.
Housewife made some horror film festival rounds last year to great acclaim in all the right places. It looks and sounds warped and fucked up and terrifying, but all you really need to say is “From the Director of Baskin,” and I’m there.
Here’s a synopsis:
Holly’s childhood was a nightmare—at age 7, she watched her mother kill her sister and father. Twenty years later, Holly’s dreams remain plagued by that painful memory. An unexpected reunion with an old friend further complicates matters, introducing Holly to a strange cult-like group that follows a celebrity psychic, one who takes a special liking to Holly. And because of him, her worst nightmares become shockingly real.
And if you haven’t watched the trailer, do yourself a favor and rectify that oversight right now. Unless you like sleeping with the lights off. I’ll wait
There’s not hard-and-fast date set right now, or at least none shared with the general public, but October doesn’t seem like the worst fit. RLJE often goes the limited theatrical release coupled with a VOD campaign route. Especially given the genre, content, and fact that it’s in Turkish, I won’t surprise me to see a similar strategy with Housewife.
Here’s the entire press release:
RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has acquired all North American rights to the horror film Housewife. Directed by Can Evrenol (Baskin), who also co-wrote the film with Cem Özüduru, the film stars Clementine Poidatz (Shut-In) and David Sakurai (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald). RLJE Films plans to release the film in the fall of 2018.
“We’re truly excited to bring Housewife to audiences,” said Ward. “Housewife has been well-received by horror fans in Europe and North America at various film festivals and the word of mouth has been tremendous.”
In Housewife, young Holly's sister and father are killed by her frantic mother. Years later, Holly is married, lonely, and her life is soon about take a turn for the ultra-weird, when she visits the leader of the "Umbrella of Love and Mind."
Housewife had its world premiere at L’Etrange Festival in France and was an official selection at the SITGES International Film Festival, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and the Vancouver, Portland and Denver International Film Festivals, winning “Best Director” award at Melbourne’s MonsterFest.
Housewife was produced by Metin Anter (Butterflies), Müge Büyüktalas (Baskin) and Erhan Ozogul (Yaşamın Kıyısında). Clément Lepoutre, Gary Farkas and Olivier Muller of Vixens are associate producers on the film.
Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.