Motion Picture Exchange (MPX) has licensed North American rights on the thriller Human Resources to Deskpop Entertainment in a deal struck during the Cannes market.
Hugh McCrae Jr. stars in the feature from NBD Productions as an anxious young employee who uncovers a shocking mystery at a smalltown hardware store. The discovery leads to a battle with terrifying forces lurking behind the walls.
Braden Swope makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay he co-wrote with Evan Swope, with additional story by Chris Kelly. The cast includes Sarah José, Anthony Candell and Tim Miseradze.
MPX SVP of acquisitions and sales Ryan Bury negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Deskpop Entertainment vice president Mat Levy.
“Human Resources is a slick and modern horror-thriller that Braden and his team have crafted to sheer perfection in their first feature film outing,” said Bury. “There’s no doubt audience will relate to the workplace-set thriller tone and we can’t wait to see the film take shape in the echelon of classics in the genre.”
“It’s so rare that we look at a film and know within minutes that this will be a game-changer to the horror community and beyond,” said Levy. “Astonishing talent both on screen and off that are easily going to be the next big thing. After a dark few years it’s simply time to have fun again and we couldn’t be more excited to share this crowd-pleasing gem (and admittedly our favorite Cannes acquisition) with audiences who deserve some true substance with their jump scares.”
Swope added: “I cannot wait for audiences to see a new take on the horror genre, one that takes you through unrelenting twists and turns while also retaining a heart at the core of the film. People will thoroughly relate to the anxieties that our protagonist is forced to face, and more than that, they are going to have a whole lot of fun being thrust on the mysterious, terrifying journey with him.”
MPX continues to represent worldwide rights.