David F. Sandberg Returns To Horror With ‘The Culling’

Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation, and Shazam director David F. Sandberg hasn’t let COVID-19 slow him down. He’s spent the bulk of quarantine returning to his short-film roots, in order to keep those horror muscles sharp. That’ll come in handy for his next film, a demon horror titled The Culling.

Deadline reports Sandberg will direct The Culling for Lionsgate, based on a spec script by Stephen Herman. It’s a bit of a different look for the priest vs. demon subgenre, as the story follows a troubled man of the cloth who confines himself in a cabin in the woods to battle the same demon that terrorized him as a child.

Sandberg hit Twitter and said that Shazam 2 is next for him, and that doesn’t drop until 2022. So we may be waiting a while before The Culling is ready to go, but I love exorcism flicks, one of the rare forms of horror I do actually like, and can’t wait to see this one.


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