Lionsgate takes on ‘Hellbenders’

Studio nabs rights for N. America and select foreign territories

Lionsgate is going to hell, acquiring J.T. Petty’s horror comedy movie “Hellbenders” for North America and select foreign territories.

Lionsgate has all rights to the U.S., Canada and India. Film Arcade will be releasing the film theatrically in the U.S. and there will be no theatrical release in Canada or India.

The film was shot in digital 3D and produced by Jon Denny, Lawrence Mattis, David Moscow, Mark Pederson and Aldey Sanchez. Circle of Confusion and OffHollywood Pictures produced in association with Ambush Entertainment.

The Exchange is representing international rights and selling “Hellbenders” at the American Film Market.

The movie premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. It follows the exploits of the Brooklyn-based Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints — known as Hellbenders, a team of lewd and blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery in order to be ready so they can drag the worst of demons back to Hell.

Their faith of the Hellbenders is tested when one of the foulest demons possess one of their own and threatens the existence of both Brooklyn and the world. “Hellbenders” stars Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Andre Royo, Robyn Rikoon, Macon Blair and Dan Folger.

Joe Leydon gave “Hellbenders” a mixed review at Toronto: “Writer-director JT Petty mines a few good laughs from the promising premise of ‘Hellbenders,’ an aggressively foul-mouthed horror-comedy about exorcists forced to keep themselves in a constant state of disgrace.”

Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content repped the filmmakers on the deal with Lionsgate.

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