The premise of Josh Lobo’s I Trapped the Devil sounds so intriguing that it just moved up toward the top of our spring 2019 “must-see” list. IFC Midnight has landed the U.S. rights to the film and will be releasing it in limited theaters and on VOD in April; here are the details per Deadline, who got the exclusive early scoop.
The Christmas horror film written and directed by first-time filmmaker Lobo stars AJ Bowen (You’re Next), Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil), Scott Poythress (Synchronicity), Susan Burke (“Stan Against Evil”), Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”), and Rowan Russell (Straight Jacket). Formerly known as A Man in the Dark, I Trapped the Devil was produced by Lobo, Russell, Spence Nicholson, and Scott Weinberg.
“IFC have really been at the forefront in the resurgence of thoughtful, filmmaker-driven genre films,” Lobo said. “I can’t think of a better home for my film.”
IFC Midnight plans an April 26th day-and-date release.
Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (AJ Bowen; above left) and his wife, Karen (Susan Burke; above right), show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother, Steve (Scott Poythress), to celebrate the holidays, they are instead greeted with a horrifying surprise: Trapped in the basement is a man. But not just any man. Steve believes that his hostage is none other than the devil himself.
As shock and skepticism turn to fear and paranoia, Matt and Karen find themselves facing a terrifying quandary: Is Steve dangerously unhinged? Or could the mysterious stranger really be evil incarnate? Either way, the stage is set for a true Christmas from hell.