[Exclusive] Vertical Entertainment Acquires

Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to Cruel Peter, described as a “shocking horror film” from Italian duo Ascanio Malgarini and Christian Bisceglia.

The film marks the first feature film foray for the Italian visual and special effects company, Makinarium, best known for their contributions on titles such as Tomb Raider, Zoolander 2 and Ben Hur. Vertical Entertainment plans to release the film in theaters and on VOD Q1 2020. Voltage Pictures is currently selling international rights at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

“It is Christmas 1908 in Messina, one of the richest merchant cities of the Mediterranean. Peter, the 13 year-old son of a rich English family is notorious for his cruelty to children, animals and servants. One night he is ambushed and wakes up in a coffin underground in the city’s Gothic cemetery, buried in retaliation for his callousness by a servant boy from his mother’s estate. When a powerful earthquake razes Messina to the ground, Peter is trapped and his whereabouts are forgotten. Until a century later an English archaeologist and his daughter arrive in the city.”

Cruel Peter was directed by Ascanio Malgarini and Christian Bisceglia; written by Christian Bisceglia; produced by Francesco Romeres, Alessandro D’Amario, Angelo Poggi, Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Malgarini; cinematography from Duccio Cimatti; edited by Roberto Lattanzi; with music by Luca Balboni. The film was produced by Taadaaa Entertainment, Makinarium, and Rai Cinema. 

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