EXCLUSIVE: RLJE Films and Shudder have acquired rights for all English-language territories to It’s a Wonderful Knife, a horror film starring Jane Widdop (Yellowjackets), Joel McHale (Community) and Justin Long (Barbarian) that is set to make its world premiere at L.A.’s Beyond Fest October 8th.

Directed by Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls) from Michael Kennedy’s (Freaky) script, the film will be released only in theaters across the U.S. on November 10, becoming available for streaming on Shudder at a later date.

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Billed as It’s a Wonderful Life by way of Scream, the pic centers on Winnie Carruther (Widdop), who saves her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve. A year later, her life is less than wonderful — but when she wishes she’d never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe and discovers that without her, things could be much, much worse. Now, the killer is back, and she must team up with the town misfit to identify the killer and get back to her own reality.

Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps), Jess McLeod (One of Us Is Lying) and Cassandra Naud (Influencer) co-star.

It’s a Wonderful Knife was produced by Seth Caplan (Brooklyn 45), Michael Kennedy (Freaky) and Daniel Bekerman (The Witch). Pic is a Divide and Conquer production also produced by Greg Gilreath (Vengeance) and Adam Hendricks (Black Christmas), in association with Fourth Culture Films.

“We’re excited to release IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE and once again work with its amazing cast and filmmakers,” said RLJE Films’ Chief Acquisitions Officer, Mark Ward, in a statement to Deadline. “Over the last few years, we’ve been fortunate to have released horror/holiday films that have been embraced by audiences and we believe this one is no exception.”

Ward negotiated the deal for RLJE Films, directly with Caplan and Gilreath.

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