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Sundance bullying/serial-killer shocker “PIGGY” finds distribution

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Carlota Pereda’s film is set for North American release later this year.

Variety reports that Magnet Releasing, the genre division of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired PIGGY, which world-premiered at last month’s Sundance Film Festival. Based on Pereda’s award-winning short of the same name, it stars Laura Galán, Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Pilar Castro, Claudia Salas, Irene Ferreiro and Camille Aguilar. The synopsis: “During the sweltering summertime of rural Spain, Sara [Galán] carries an extra load of teenage agony due to the perpetual bullying from her peers. She’s also an outsider at home—her parents and little brother just don’t understand her—so, feelings internalized, she’s often found buried in her headphones, drowning out her surroundings. One day, Sara’s usual solo dip at the local pool is disrupted by the presence of a mysterious stranger in the water and an exceptionally grueling bout of abuse at the hands of three girls. But, in a strange twist of fate, along the way home Sara witnesses her bloodied tormentors being kidnapped in the back of the stranger’s van. Sara must decide whether to cooperate with the police and parents’ questioning about the kidnappings, or take her own, unbridled path–while also discovering the power of desire and belonging, and the distinction between revenge and redemption.”

See our review of PIGGY here.

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.