Blumhouse has developed a taste for acquiring quality, relevant stories that turn the average bad situation into one horrific nightmare. The production company has announced the development of its latest project, Run Sweetheart Run, marrying the ‘bad date’ experience with the worst case scenario any good horror film has to offer. Everyone has been on a bad date. I’m taking that kind of bad date where you come up with the most inconceivable excuse to escape. If you haven’t, you should be grateful for dodging one of the most awkward and uncomfortable bullets romance can unload.
Shana Feste (Country Strong) not only holds the title as the writing and directing powerhouse for the film, but will be Blumhouse’s first theatrical release crafted by a female director. Feste joins Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones in producing Run Sweetheart Run for Quiet Girl productions. Both Blum and Kavanaugh-Jones have previously collaborated on the Insidious and Sinister franchises, so fun, quality scares for all types of audiences are likely guaranteed.
As production is underway, Blumhouse has displayed a hot, fresh cast for Run Sweetheart Run, including Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels), Pilou Asbaek (Overlord), Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner), Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog), and Clark Gregg (The Avengers). The horror-thriller will find newcomer Balinska in a situation where “a blind date turns violent and the woman has to get home on foot through Los Angeles as she’s pursued by her date.” While there are few details released on the project at this time, a Blumhouse vision on the terrors of a psychotic man hunting down his female date is well-timed and scarily socially relevant. Enduring a bad date sucks. Enduring one where you can’t get rid of the guy at the end of the night is the worst. Enduring one where you can’t get rid of the guy at the end of the night because he is a hostile maniac intent on hunting you down in the middle of the streets is, well, very Blumhouse.
It’s too early to know for sure, but I might be in love…