Shudder Acquires Revenge Thriller 'Violation' Ahead of its Sundance Screening

Following its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, Shudder has announced the acquisition of "the bold and unflinching thriller" Violation, the debut feature written, produced and directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli, which will be released exclusively on the streaming platform.

Shudder has acquired all rights for the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to premiere on its service in those territories later next year.

Violation is also an official selection of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival where it will make its international premiere.

The press release explaints, "Violation is a turbulent feminist revenge fable that explores the idea of trauma within families and untangles a sticky web of resentment as a troubled woman on the edge of divorce embarks on a vicious crusade when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust."

"Highly focused on a naturalistic performance style and visual aesthetic, directors Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s work explores gender politics, selfishness, and abuse of power."

"We could not be more thrilled to be working with Shudder. It is truly the perfect home for Violation," said Sims-Fewer and Mancinelli.

"With Violation, Shudder introduces the tremendous voices of Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli," said Craig Engler, Shudder General Manager. "Violation is a fearless, unconventional revenge story, from which you cannot emerge unmoved."

The deal was negotiated by XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers and Shudder’s Emily Gotto.

Check out a clip from the film below.