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“IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE” gets distribution to cut into the fall fright scene

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | News


It’s the latest horrific variation on a classic from FREAKY scripter Michael Kennedy.

RLJE Films and Shudder have announced their acquisition of all English-language-territory rights to IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE, ahead of its world premiere at this month’s Beyond Fest. A nationwide theatrical release of November 10 has been set, with a streaming debut on Shudder taking place at a later date. Directed by Tyler MacIntyre (TRAGEDY GIRLS) from Kennedy’s screenplay, it stars Jane Widdop, Justin Long (BARBARIAN), Joel McHale, Katharine Isabelle of the GINGER SNAPS films and AMERICAN MARY, Jess McLeod and Cassandra Naud. The synopsis, which takes off from a certain holiday-movie favorite: “In IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE, a year after saving her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve, Winnie Carruthers’ [Widdop] life is less than wonderful–but when she wishes she’d never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe and discovers that without her, things could be much, much worse. Now the killer is back, and she must team up with the town misfit to identify the killer and get back to her own reality.”

“We’re excited to release IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE and once again work with its amazing cast and filmmakers,” says RLJE Films Chief Acquisitions Officer Mark Ward. “Over the last few years, we’ve been fortunate to have released horror/holiday films that have been embraced by audiences and we believe this one is no exception.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).