‘Culling’ scares up cast (Variety)

Gary Safady is exec producing indie horror thriller

Jeremy Sumpter, Bret Davern, Elizabeth DiPrinzio, Chris Coy, Lindsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Jonathan Schaech and Harley Graham are starring in indie horror thriller “The Culling,” currently shooting in New Orleans.Craig Chapman (“Machine Gun Preacher”), Colin Bates and Peter Fruchtman (“Black Swan”) are producing with Gary Safady exec producing. The film was written and directed by Rustam Branaman.

“The Culling” centers on a group of five college friends who head out of town for a fun-filled long weekend but their plans change after finding a 7-year-old girl alone at an empty cafe along the highway and have no choice but to drive her home. When they arrive at her house it’s quickly apparent they will have to stay for the night — but what’s not apparent is the evil nightmare they are about to encounter.

Graham plays the 7-year-old and her parents are portrayed by Schaech and Williams. She appeared in “Thor” and just booked Gerard Butler’s “Of Men and Mavericks.”

Sumpter was seen in “Soul Surfer,” DiPrinzio in “The Devil Within” and Godfrey in “The House Bunny.”

Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com

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