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Chris Sivertson’s “MONSTROUS,” starring Christina Ricci, finds distrib and a date

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | News


The genre icon goes from one horrific situation to an even worse one in the upcoming psychological chiller.

Screen Media has announced its acquisition of MONSTROUS, which has its world premiere this weekend at Glasgow FrightFest/Glasgow Film Festival and will hit theaters and VOD May 13. Directed by Chris Sivertson (ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE, THE LOST) from a script by Carol Chrest, it stars Christina Ricci, Colleen Camp, Santino Bernard, Don Balderamos and Nick Vallelonga. The synopsis: “Traumatized by an abusive relationship, Laura [Ricci] runs away from her ex-husband with her seven-year-old son, Cody. As they begin to settle into their new life, they encounter a bigger, more terrifying horror that threatens their already fragile existence and pushes their physical and mental well-being to the limit.”

“The glossy, twist-filled MONSTROUS is exactly the kind of unforgettable thriller we’re eager to release,” says Screen Media in a statement. “The film is all the more special thanks to the iconic charm of Christina Ricci in a complex lead performance.”

“Screen Media excels at connecting hungry audiences with fresh and original genre movies,” says Sivertson. “I’m thrilled they will be unleashing MONSTROUS on North America.” Adds Sasha Yelaun, who produced the movie with Robert Yocum, B.I. Rosen and Johnny Remo, “In the midst of a perfect storm, MONSTROUS was a COVID-friendly production with a set helmed by the cult indie director Chris Siverston and the iconic Christina Ricci, which resulted in a film that we’re all very proud of.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.