Shudder announced that production is underway on a new supernatural horror thriller, The Sacrifice Game.
Written by Jenn Wexler and Sean Redlitz, The Sacrifice Game takes place during the 1970s at an all-girls’ boarding school. It’s Christmas break, 1971. Two students, Samantha and Clara, are staying at school for the holiday break. However, they find themselves in a fight for survival against “uninvited visitors.”
The cast of The Sacrifice Game includes Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Olivia Scott Welch (Fear Street), Gus Kenworthy (American Horror Story: 1984), and Chloë Levine (The OA). Wexler is set to direct. Levine starred in Wexler’s 2018 slasher, The Ranger, as a punk who hides out with her friends at her uncle’s cabin in the woods. The titular park ranger (Jeremy Holm) “responds in an unhinged manner.” It sounds as if The Sacrifice Game’s retro theme is a recurring one in Wexler’s work, with The Ranger having a retro 80s theme. The Ranger was also distributed by Shudder.
The cast of The Sacrifice Game also includes Derek Johns (The Wolf and the Lion), Laurent Pitre (Under the Banner of Heaven), and Madison Baines (1UP).
Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streamer for horror and supernatural-themed thrillers, has acquired the rights to The Sacrifice Game within its territories, and Red Sea Media, Inc. has international rights.
Deadline quotes Wexler: “I am extremely excited to be working with this incredible cast and to be partnering again with Shudder and with RSM […] The Sacrifice Game is my tribute to the beauty and boldness of ’70s horror, anchored in an unlikely friendship between outsiders.”
Roman Kopelevich, CEO of Red Sea Media, said, “I loved this script—it reminded me of the classic horror films of the ’70s.”
Shudder General Manager, Craig Engler, added, “We loved The Ranger and are thrilled to be working with Jenn and her team to bring her new film, The Sacrifice Game, to life […] Jenn’s film promises to be a wild and thrilling ride that offers a fresh take on timeless horror themes. We can’t wait to share it with our members.”