October 2, 2023



Dark Star Pictures has acquired the teen horror film “Abigail,” starring Ava Cantrell (Exclusive)

Dark Star Pictures has acquired the teen horror film “Abigail,” starring Ava Cantrell (Exclusive)

Director Melissa Vitello’s coming-of-age film is set to have a limited theatrical release in December 2023.

Dark Star Pictures has secured the North American distribution rights for the teen horror movie “Abigail,” directed by Melissa Vitello and featuring Ava Cantrell in a starring role.

The film is scheduled for a limited theatrical release in select theaters in December 2023, followed by the sale of transactional home entertainment rights. Dark Star president Michael Repsch stated, “Abigail delves into the complexities of the teenage mind, tackling important issues such as bullying, racism, mental health, and gender stereotypes, all within the framework of the horror genre. It offers audiences a thought-provoking experience infused with the nostalgic thrill of classic horror.”

“Abigail” is set in 1976, where the troubled teenager Abigail Cole, portrayed by Cantrell, and her mother relocate to a small town in Alabama, hoping to escape Abigail’s violent history. Abigail befriends Lucas, her neighbor, who is relentlessly bullied by a group of peers at school.

Determined to help Lucas seek revenge, Abigail takes matters into her own hands, leading to a rapid and uncontrollable spiral of events. As Lucas uncovers the disturbing and sinister side of his newfound friend, the situation takes a lethal turn. Now, Lucas faces a crucial decision: stand by Abigail’s side or intervene before it’s too late.

Director and producer Vitello expressed her enthusiasm for working on “Abigail,” describing it as an exciting opportunity to explore the elements she loves in the twisted teen genre and coming-of-age narratives. She also praised Dark Star Pictures for being the perfect home for the film.

Ava Cantrell, known for her role in “Lights Out,” heads the ensemble cast, alongside Tren Reed-Brown, Richard Cotton, Hermoine Lynch, and the seasoned actor Gene Farber. The film was produced by Dark Gravity Studios.

The North American distribution agreement was brokered by Vitello, Stacy Snyder, and executive producer Bryan Cantrell on behalf of the filmmakers, and Michael Repsch representing Dark Star Pictures.

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