Netflix is wasting no time in dominating the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. After picking up streaming rights to two of the festival’s most star-studded features, “Tallulah” and “Fundamentals of Caring,” the streaming giant has struck again by acquiring worldwide SVOD rights to the Iranian horror film “Under the Shadow.” The film, from first-time director and potential Sundance breakout Babak Anvari, is one of the most anticipated titles in this year’s Midnight section. Variety reports the movie will debut globally on Netflix later this year, shortly after a theatrical or alternative platform release. The film’s theatrical rights are still on the market to be picked up.
“Under the Shadow” centers around a mother and her daughter during the Iran-Iraq War in 1988. They come to believe their home is being haunted by an evil spirit that is trying to steal their most treasured belongings. With a terrifying plot hook, many pundits have been waiting to see if the horror film ends up like other Midnight success stories, most notably “The Babadook” in 2014.
The film premieres Friday night at Sundance.