Some good news for fans of horror flicks coming out of the Iberoamerican region. The folks at Cinestate are fine for many reasons. They are fine because they are one of the companies behind festival faves like Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and lately Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. They were recently very fine because they have resurrected the beloved Fangoria magazine. Now they have achieved a extra level of fineness after acquiring Skull – A Máscara de Anhangá by filmmaker Kapel Furman from Brazil.
Skull was presented during FantasMercado, the first coproduction market at Fantaspoa. While many of the projects pitched found coproduction deals within the Iberoamerican region Skull was the only one to make a deal with a company in the U.S., so far.
Cinestate plans to release Skull – The Mask through the Fangoria label in the U.S. upon completion.
Fantaspoa directors João Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho, producers at their production company Fantaspoa Produções, will produce Skull – The Mask with Kapel and his associates, Armando Fonseca and Raphael Borghi at Infravermelho Filmes.
Brazil’s Fantaspoa, the largest genre film festival in Latin America, held its first film market FantasMercado this weekend (May 19th & 20th) with many of the sixteen film projects landing deals of co-production between companies from Argentina and Brazil.
Cinestate, the American company known for such genre hits as Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and the upcoming Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, also made their first Latin American acquisition for “Skull – The Mask” which they plan to release through their iconic horror label Fangoria.
The major deal was handled directly by the festival directors, João Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho, who joined the project as a producer through Fantaspoa Produções in a venture along with Cinestate’s Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk.
“Skull – The Mask” is an original project created by Kapel Furman’s Infravermelho Filmes. The feature film is an action-packed horror flick depicting a supernatural serial killer based on pre-Colombian mythology in a hunt for revenge in the metropolis of São Paulo.
“When João calls me with an opportunity to make something this scary, and in a language I do not speak, how can I say no?” joked Sonnier. “But in all seriousness, we’ve been extremely impressed with the Fantaspoa team, and thrilled to be able to support their expansion into film markets and co-productions.”
The production team is also composed of Kapel’s associates, Armando Fonseca and Raphael Borghi. The trio previously worked on the feature film Uptake Fear and their new short film, entitled The Last Grave is due to première next week. The team just started the fourth season of their SyFy/NBCUniversal show Cinelab.