US Distributor Picks Up Two From JUON Director

The North American distribution rights for Japanese horror director Takashi Shimizu’s latest film Tormented, have been purchased by the Texas-based Well Go USA. The 3D film is set to premier at the upcoming Venice Film Festival and will be screened in competition at the Sitges Film Festival in October.

Additionally, Well Go also picked up rights to the director’s 2010 horror film The Shock Labyrinth.

Shimizu is probably best known for his films Juon (The Grudge, 2002) and its sequel Juon 2 (The Grudge 2, 2003), two of the better entries in the recent J-horror wave of films. He also directed the 2004 English-language remake of Juon, The Grudge, as well as its 2006 sequel, which followed a different storyline from Juon 2.

There’s no word yet as to what type of release that the two films will receive, though I doubt a theatrical one would be very wide. Most likely they’ll show up on various streaming and video-on-demand outlets as well as on DVD and blu-ray.

Via Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog.

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