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A still from director Darren Lynn Bousman’s psychological horror film, ‘St. Agatha.’

The seemingly most tranquil place to find asylum can actually become the most sinister spot a vulnerable person can ever encounter. That’s certainly true for the title character in the upcoming horror film, ‘St. Agatha.’ The fight for refuge is thriving, as the female-driven psychological drama’s worldwide sales rights have been acquired by Octane Entertainment.

The highly anticipated movie, which was shot in Madison, Georgia, is currently in post-production. ‘St. Agatha’ was written by Andy Demetrio (‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’), Shaun Fletcher (‘The Road Trip’), Sara Sometti Michaels (‘The Photographer’) and Clint Sears (‘Tales of Halloween‘).

The horror film was helmed by prolific genre director, Darren Lynn Bousman, the filmmaker behind three installments of the ‘Saw’ franchise. ‘St. Agatha’ stars Sabrina Kern (‘The Tension Experience’), Carolyn Hennesy (‘True Blood‘), Courtney Halverson (‘Unfriended‘) Trin Miller (‘Captain Fantastic’) and Seth Michaels (‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’).

Earlier this week, Octane Entertainment President Jack Campbell made the announcement about the sales and production company’s acquisition of ‘St. Agatha.’ “We’re very excited to introduce Darren’s latest masterpiece to buyers at the American Film Market (AFM) this week,” said Campbell. “This is exactly the type of project our clients have been looking for – a female-driven, elevated genre film with pedigree that is well-crafted throughout…From the writing to the acting to the directing and execution, ‘St. Agatha’ is a cut above anything that I’ve seen in a long time.”

“I have always been attracted to the dark, sinister and macabre,” Bousman revealed. “But, as I find myself getting older, and now being a dad, blood and guts no longer amuse me. I need something more. I look for content, character and themes.”

The filmmaker added that ‘St. Agatha’ “spoke to me, as it takes a look at the unflinching horrors that befell women in the 1950’s, and how that parallels to the not so different horrors that are befalling them today. It was amazing to work with such a strong female cast, and I look forward to pulling back the curtain and letting others glimpse into our sinister world.”

‘St. Agatha’ is set in the 1950s in small town Georgia, where a pregnant con woman named Agatha is on the run. She seeks refuge in a convent that’s hidden in deafening isolation. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested. She soon learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls. Agatha must now find a way to discover the unyielding strength that’s needed to escape and save her baby before she’s caged behind these walls forever.

The drama was produced by Sara Sometti Michaels, Srdjan Stakic and Tara Ansley, and was executive produced by Kevin Traier, Rick Le and Seth Michaels. Campbell and Seth Michaels, along with Ramo Law, negotiated the deal on behalf of the producers. Campbell also serves as the sales agent for the movie at AFM.

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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