The Sacrifice Game, Jenn Wexler's second feature film, starring Mena Massoud and Olivia Scott Welch, will be a Shudder Original.
Jenn Wexler, director of the punk slasher The Ranger (2018), has started production on the 1970s supernatural horror film, The Sacrifice Game (2022), written by Wexler and Sean Redlitz. The film began principal photography on May 9, 2022. Set at a girls’ boarding school over Christmas break in1971, the story follows Samantha (Madison Baines) and Clara (Georgia Acken), two young students staying behind for the holidays, who must survive the night against uninvited visitors. With a talented cast featuring Mena Massoud, Olivia Scott Welch, Gus Kenworthy, and Chole Levine, The Sacrifice Game will undoubtedly be a thrilling watch featuring shadowy figures in the dark and terror around every corner.
In an interview with MovieWeb, executive producer Peter Phok had this to say about what horror fans can expect from the film, "Jenn Wexler is an incredibly talented and creative producer, filmmaker, and storyteller. If you caught her first feature, The Ranger, you’ve already witnessed her skills as a director. Horror fans can expect to see her maturity with more resources and experienced craftspeople to share an original spiritual period piece with a unique, dedicated cast so committed to playing The Sacrifice Game."
In a press release last May, AMC Networks shared excitement over the new project:
“We loved The Ranger and are thrilled to be working with Jenn and her team to bring her new film, The Sacrifice Game, to life. Jenn’s film promises to be a wild and thrilling ride that offers a fresh take on timeless horror themes. We can’t wait to share it with our members,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler.
“I loved this script – it reminded me of the classic horror films of the ’70s,” stated Red Sea Media’s CEO, Roman Kopelevich.
“I am extremely excited to be working with this incredible cast and to be partnering again with Shudder and with RSM. The Sacrifice Game is my tribute to the beauty and boldness of ‘70s horror, anchored in an unlikely friendship between outsiders,” said Wexler.
“After years working in genre, it is a highlight to be making a Shudder Original with this film. Wexler’s thrilling vision pulled us in from the start. We have never seen Mena Massoud and Olivia Scott Welch in roles like these, and we can’t wait to share it with the world. We are grateful to be working with Shudder and RSM,” said producers Philip Kalin-Hajdu and Albert Melamed.
As admirers of Wexler's feature directorial debut, The Ranger, we'll be eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Sacrifice Game on Shudder.