“an absolutely entertaining horror film that will satisfy any viewer’s need for monsters, mayhem and…jokes” (Robert Saucedo, Birth.Movies.Death)…
Sam’s first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact.
Starring: Hayley Griffith (“The Loudest Voice”), Ruby Modine (Happy Death Day franchise), Jerry O’Connell (“Billions”) and Rebecca Romijn (X-Men franchise)
Written by: Ted Geoghegan, and Grady Hendrix
in association with MEDIA FINANCE CAPITAL
in association with APERTURE ENTERTAINMENT
JOINING THE CULT:
I first heard about SATANIC PANIC when a friend slipped the script to me in December 2017. I was a huge fan of Grady Hendrix’s novels and Ted Geoghegan’s films and I read the script immediately. After finishing, I emailed my friend and told her how much I loved it and that I couldn’t wait to see who would get tapped to direct it. Cut to June of 2018. I was just coming off post-production on my first feature film, ALL THAT WE DESTORY, which I directed for Blumhouse and Hulu. My reps were on the hunt for my next project and my agent was sent SATANIC PANIC for my consideration. Without hesitation I told them I wanted the job. Hearing both Fangoria and Cinestate were attached to produce it was just the icing on the cake. Even though I didn’t grow up with Fangoria (the tiny town in Ohio I’m from wasn’t familiar with the “horror” world, so I had to wait until college to discover it), I was a huge fan and I was honored to be considered for the project.
CULT OF CHARACTERS:
Then it was time to dive into pre-production and first up was casting. My casting director, David Guglielmo, and I discussed my casting specifications and we immediately went to work. Our biggest task was finding our Sam. One of the self-tape auditions we received was a young actress named Hayley Griffith. The minute I saw her audition I knew we had found our Sam. Luckily our producers agreed with us and we immediately brought her aboard. It’s very rare you get to cast an “unknown” as the lead in a feature film but we all believed in Hayley and sure enough she brought Sam to life which such grace and courage. Ruby Modine won the role of Judi Ross, our “spoiled brat with a gun.” I had been a fan of hers for years, both from “Shameless” and the HAPPY DEATH DAY franchise. I met Ruby in person and immediately fell in love with her. Judi’s character is a complicated one and Ruby brought so much strength and determination to the role. The next big task was finding our Danica. When we started discussing Rebecca Romijn for the role, I knew she could bring the fierceness and power we needed. We surrounded her with a cult of incredible talent including Jerry O’Connell, Arden Myrin, Jordan Ladd, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Michael Polish. And watching Rebecca and Jerry work together as husband and wife, both in reality and in the film, was such a treat.
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