RLJ Entertainment’s Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to “A Christmas Horror Story,” starring William Shatner and George Buza.

The film, directed by Steven Hoban, Grant Harvey and Brett Sullivan, will premiere on July 20 at the Fantasia Film Festival.

“‘A Christmas Horror Story’ brings a scary twist to the traditional Christmas tale,” RLJ’s Mark Ward said. “With the legendary William Shatner and horribly fantastic creatures, genre fans will never see this happy holiday the same way again.”

The story is set on Christmas Eve when a malevolent spirit traps three teens in a school basement in order to re-create a twisted version of the Nativity story. A family is also hunted down by Krampus, the anti-Santa Claus of Nordic mythology, and Santa Claus has to fight off a horde of zombie elves before making his rounds.

Producers are Copperheart Entertainment’s Steve Hoban and Mark Smith. David Hayter is the exec producer.

Ward negotiated the deal with Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.