Shudder announced today it has acquired North American, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand rights to Charades and WTF Films thriller Infested, previously titled Vermin, ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. From multi-international-awards shorts director-writer Sébastien Vanicek, Infested is his first feature film, which he co-wrote with Florent Bernard (Bloqués). Infested is set to release in 2024,
The French-language film stars Théo Christine (Gran Turismo, Summit Fever), Finnegan Oldfield (Reinventing Marvin, Nocturama), Jérôme Niel (Les Tutos, Groom), Sofia Lesaffre (Les Misérables, Ganglands), and Lisa Nyarko.
Kaleb is about to turn 30 and has never been lonelier. He’s fighting with his sister over a matter of inheritance and has cut ties with his best friend. Fascinated by exotic animals, he finds a venomous spider in a bazaar and brings it back to his flat. It only takes a moment for it to escape and reproduce, turning the whole place into a dreadful web trap. At the same time, the police lock down the building where the residents are ambushed. Only option for Kaleb and his mates – find the way out to survive.
“The idea was always to make a movie that’s worth your ticket, a spectacle worth showing up for. To make a film to blow your mind, your ears, and to hit you in the gut,” said Infested director Sébastien Vanicek. “It’s also a very personal film which depicts French suburbs I know, far from the eeriness of the auteur films or the caricature of the comedies. It’s a genre film that shakes you to your core, moves you, makes you shiver, because it seems to me that through emotions you end up concerned and involved.”