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Sundance Horror-Comedy ‘Greasy Strangler’ Bought by FilmRise for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

FilmRise has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights for the horror-comedy “The Greasy Strangler,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and will play as a “festival favorite” at SXSW later this month. It will hit theaters this fall as FilmRise will collaborate with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in a multi-market theatrical partnership to release the film, a co-production from SpectreVision, Drafthouse, Rook Films and Timpson Films with backing from the BFI and Madman Entertainment.

“The Greasy Strangler” follows a man who runs a disco walking tour along with his browbeaten son. When an alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attention. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy, inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent — soon dubbed “the Greasy Strangler.”

The film marks the feature debut of director Jim Hosking and is produced by SpectreVision’s Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”); Rook Films’ Andrew Starke; and Timpson Films founder Ant Timpson (“Turbo Kid”). Drafthouse’s Tim League, Ben Wheatley and Theo Brooks are the executive producers along with Mary Burke from the BFI. Nick Batzias and Paul Wiegard from Madman Entertainment are associate producers.

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The films stars Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex, Abdoulaye NGom and Holland MacFallister.

“We are pleased to announce that we have acquired this Sundance standout,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “‘The Greasy Strangler’ defies genres and surprises audiences with its originality, and we are confident that fans of the truly bizarre will enjoy what this film has to offer upon its theatrical release this fall.”

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales. The deal was negotiated by Fisher and FilmRise’s Max Einhorn with CAA. International sales are repped by Protagonist.

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