Vertical Acquires Conor Soucy’s Horror Film ‘Dead Whisper’ and Sets Release Date (EXCLUSIVE)

Vertical has acquired Conor Soucy’s directorial debut “Dead Whisper” and will debut it in select theaters on July 5, and on AppleTV and Prime Video, beginning July 9.

The horror/thriller film “Dead Whisper” stars Samuel Dunning (“Tim Travers and the Time Travelers Paradox”) and marks the first on-screen role for Rob Evan, whose previous credits include Broadway’s “Les Misérables,” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” The rest of the cast’s ensemble includes Tana Sirois, Samantha Hill, Codey Gillum, Chris Goodwin, Dhane Ross, Hester Wilkinson and Bruce Winant.

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According to an official logline, the film “follows Elliot Campbell, (Dunning) a Cape Cod lawyer drawn to a mysterious island, where he faces the temptation of reuniting with his dead daughter at the peril of his soul.”

The film is produced by Conor Soucy, Birk Gran and Ben Grant. The cinematography is also by Grant and a live orchestral score is by Nikhil Koparkar. It was filmed all across Massachusetts and has been described by Vertical as having “deep emotional themes with classic horror elements.”

“Our collaboration with Vertical will bring ‘Dead Whisper’ to a wide audience that appreciates a good throwback horror experience,” Soucy said.

Vertical, which was founded in 2012 by producers Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin has become a leading global independent distributor releasing films across all mediums. Past Vertical releases include “She Came to Me,” which was directed by Rebecca Miller and starring Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei and Anne Hathaway, and the 2023 Independent Spirit Award winner “Emily the Criminal,” starring Aubrey Plaza and written and directed by John Patton Ford.

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