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Relaunched Anchor Bay will sock it to you with Sean Whalen’s horror/comedy “CRUST”

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 | News


The feature directorial debut of the PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS actor will see release later this year.

The new Anchor Bay Entertainment, which was announced last week, has picked up the North American rights to CRUST, directed by Sean Whalen from a script he wrote with Jim Wald. Whalen also stars in the film along with Daniel Roebuck, Rebekah Kennedy, Felissa Rose, Ricky Dean Logan, Shawntay Dalon and Alan Ruck. The synopsis: “Vegas Winters [Whalen], a depressed washed-up child actor, fled Tinseltown and now owns and lives in a rundown laundromat. He finds lost socks in the machines and uses them to soak up all his bodily fluids. One night his tears of anguish turn the pile into a loving sock monster named Crust who becomes his protector and friend. Meanwhile he has a new girlfriend, a paranormal investigator poking around, and an old two-faced costar that is forcing him to join a reboot of their ’90s sitcom. As Vegas’ life begins to spiral, Crust eliminates his enemies with deadly consequences.”

“I am so excited that my directorial debut found its home at Anchor Bay,” Whalen says. “I’ve loved their films for years and they really understood my vision right away. I couldn’t ask for a better partnership.”

“As someone who grew up watching Sean on screen, I am thrilled to be in business with him,” says Thomas Zambeck, who founded the new Anchor Bay with Brian Katz. “The fact that it’s on a witty and clever film like this–one that displays such a mastery of tone–makes it so much sweeter. I can’t wait for audiences to take this oddball journey with us and see a movie unlike anything they’ve seen before.”

Check out the teaser trailer for CRUST below.

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).