Business for horror flicks is good at the Cannes Film Festival. Anchor Bay Films has acquired all rights for North America, U.K. and Australia/New Zealand to Matthew Arnold's SHADOW PEOPLE, a supernatural thriller that we've been covering since it was known as THE DOOR.
SHADOW PEOPLE is a psychological-thriller that explores the rare medical phenomenon known as SUNDS (Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome). Millions of people across the globe have had encounters with what they describe as dark, shadowy creatures that visit them at night. Sometimes horrifying, sometimes deadly, these nocturnal intruders have been described as early as man's first recorded writings. But what are they? And what do they want?
Small town radio personality CHARLIE CROWE (Dallas Roberts) is thrust into the mystery when a strange caller relates a terrifying experience during Crowe's late night call-in show. At the same time, CDC Public Health Agent, SOPHIE LANCOMBE (Alison Eastwood), is hot on the trail of the cause of the rare medical condition known as SUNDS. Her investigations entwine her with Charlie's own discoveries and take them both into a dark world and a decades old cover-up about the phenomenon we now call, The Shadow People. Once you open the door to the mystery...you'll never sleep soundly again.
SHADOW PEOPLE was produced by Michael Ohoven (Capote) and the deal was announced by Anchor Bay Entertainment president Bill Clark.
"When I first heard this concept, I couldn't sleep at night,” said Ohoven. "We had found a very real and terrifying phenomenon that affects millions of people worldwide and has even killed some of them. The idea is so terrifying that people don't even want to talk about it."
"Shadow People is destined to be a success not only in the U.S. but internationally as well, due to its universal commercial appeal,” said Arclight Films managing director Gary Hamilton. "This supernatural thriller is full of suspense that unfolds in a terrifying and creative way," added Hamilton suggesting "audiences are sure to experience layers of mystery that will shock them to the core."