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Overlook Fest title “THE SUMMONED” lands distribution and a release date

Monday, June 6, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The self-help-turned-hellish opus will summon you to view it this summer.

XYZ Films has announced that it has picked up the Faustian fright feature THE SUMMONED out of the just-concluded Overlook Film Festival, with a July release planned in North America. Directed by Mark Meir from a script by Yuri Baranovsky, it stars J. Quinton Johnson (Broadway’s HAMILTON), Emma Fitzpatrick, Salvador Chacon, Angela Gulner and Freddy Douglas. The synopsis: “Young Elijah [Johnson] attends a self-help retreat with his rock-star girlfriend Lyn [Fitzpatrick], unaware that the enigmatic doctor who runs the estate has summoned him here to settle a generations-old supernatural debt.”

“All I can say is that I felt summoned to work on THE SUMMONED!” says XYZ’s James Emanuel Shapiro. “Mark, Yuri, and Angela created something smart and scary, and I can’t wait to show this to as many people as possible!”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.