Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to Cruel Peter, described as a “shocking horror film” from Italian duo Ascanio Malgarini and Christian Bisceglia.

The film marks the first feature film foray for the Italian visual and special effects company, Makinarium, best known for their contributions on titles such as Tomb Raider, Zoolander 2 and Ben Hur. Vertical Entertainment plans to release the film in theaters and on VOD Q1 2020. Voltage Pictures is currently selling international rights at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

“It is Christmas 1908 in Messina, one of the richest merchant cities of the Mediterranean. Peter, the 13 year-old son of a rich English family is notorious for his cruelty to children, animals and servants. One night he is ambushed

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