RLJE Films & Shudder Nabs IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE Rights Ahead Of Its World Premiere


Only In Theaters November 10th!

Starring Jane Widdop, Joel McHale and Justin Long

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, along with  Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, have acquired all English-Language Territory rights to the horror film, IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE. The film will make its world premiere at Beyond Fest on October 8, 2023. It will be released only in theaters across the country on November 10th. The film will stream on Shudder at a later date.

 Directed by Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls; V/H/S/99), and written by Michael Kennedy (Freaky), the film stars Justin Long (Barbarian)Joel McHale (“Community”), Jane Widdop (“Yellowjackets”), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) Jess McLeod (“One of Us is Lying”) and Cassandra Naud (Influencer).

 “We’re excited to release IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE and once again work with its amazing cast and filmmakers,” says RLJE Films Chief Acquisitions Officer Mark Ward. “Over the last few years, we’ve been fortunate to have released horror/holiday films that have been embraced by audiences and we believe this one is no exception.”

In IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFEa year after saving her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve, Winnie Carruthers’ life is less than wonderful — but when she wishes she’d never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe and discovers that without her, things could be much, much worse. Now the killer is back, and she must team up with the town misfit to identify the killer and get back to her own reality. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE by way of SCREAM.

IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE was produced by Seth Caplan (Brooklyn 45), Michael Kennedy (Freaky) and Daniel Bekerman (The Witch). It’s a Divide and Conquer production with  Greg Gilreath (Vengeance), and Adam Hendricks (Black Christmas) and in association with Fourth Culture Films.

Ward from RLJE Films negotiated the deal with Caplan and Greg Gilreath.


RLJE Films’ past films include the Nicolas Cage phenomenon MANDY, from writer/director Panos Cosmatos; writer/director Craig Zahler’s debut BONE TOMAHAWK, starring Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox; the action-packed THE TAX COLLECTOR from writer/director David Ayers; and CHRISTMAS WITH THE CAMPBELLS from producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley and starring Brittany Snow and Justin Long.  Recent and upcoming films include writer/director Kurt Wimmer’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN, a chilling re-telling for a whole new generation; director Yuval Adler’s SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL, starring Nicolas Cage and Joel Kinnaman; and director John Stalberg, Jr.’s MUZZLE, starring Aaron Eckhart, Stephen Lang, Penelope Mitchell, and Diego Tinoco, Paul Johansson, Hemky Madera, and Kyle Smithson.


AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. For a 7-day, risk-free trial, visit www.shudder.com.


Divide/Conquer was founded in 2013 and is run by Producers Adam Hendricks & Greg Gilreath. The company has produced more than thirty feature films, most notably Universal & Blumhouse’s M3GAN, Focus Features’ VENGEANCE, Magnolia’s LUCKY starring Harry Dean Stanton (2017 SXSW premiere), Netflix’s CAM (2018 Fantasia multiple award-winner), Universal Pictures’ FREAKY (2020), and Amazon’s THE VOYEURS (2021). They have several films to be released within the year including Amazon’s TOTALLY KILLER and HOUSE OF SPOILS.


Seth Caplan is an award-winning producer whose movies have been released theatrically around the world and programs have been televised on all major channels and streaming platforms. His work has been featured at top film festivals and he has won numerous awards including the Next audience-award for best feature FIRST GIRL I LOVED at the Sundance Film Festival plus the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS.

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