LOS ANGELES (January 13, 2015) – XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the supernatural thriller THE DIABOLICAL starring Ali Larter from the producers of The Pact and The Divide. XLrator Media will release the film in Fall 2015 on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label. 

THE DIABOLICAL was directed by Alistair Legrand in his feature film debut from a script he co-wrote with Luke Harvis. It was produced by Ross M. Dinerstein (The Pact, The Divide, Mr. Jones) and executive produced by Jamie Carmichael of Content Media and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content. THE DIABOLICAL marks the first film from Campfire, the new production company founded by Dinerstein and Content Media.

XLrator Media and Content Media recently collaborated on the U.S. release of the highly successful sci-fi film The Machine and medieval action film Ironclad: Battle For Blood. The two companies are also partnered with New Artists Alliance on the upcoming sci-fi film 400 Days.

“Combining the relentless terror of The Conjuring with startling twists that take the film into an entirely different realm, THE DIABOLICAL will take audiences on a genre-bending thrill ride and marks the brilliant debut of filmmaker Alistair Legrand,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

THE DIABOLICAL stars Ali Larter (Final Destination, Resident Evil: Extinction, “Heroes,” TNT’s “Legends”) as the divorced mother of two children who are awoken nightly in their quiet suburban home by an increasingly strange and threatening presence. She desperately seeks help from her scientist boyfriend who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to undertake. The film co-stars Arjun Gupta, Max Rose Chloe Perrin, Merrin Dungey and Patrick Fischler.

“XLrator Media and its MACABRE label have quickly become one of the leading distributors of genre films in the U.S. having released some of the most notable elevated genre films of the past few years such as The Machine, Housebound, The Mule, Poker Night and others. We are thrilled to work with them on THE DIABOLICAL,” said producer and Campfire CEO Ross M. Dinerstein.  

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon with Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Content Media’s Jamie Carmichael. Alistair Legrand and Luke Harvis are repped by UTA and MXN Entertainment.




One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) released 20 films in 2014 including Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix and SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTER and IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD.



CAMPFIRE is a multi-faceted film, television, digital content, commercial production, and post-production company founded by Ross Dinerstein. Dinerstein has produced or executive produced over 25 feature films in the last ten years. Content Media, who Dinerstein has made 10 consecutive movies with, is financially backing Campfire.



Content Media Corporation Ltd is a London and LA based private company that owns and distributes a significant library of film, television, and digital assets. 

The Company’s library of rights includes over 4,000 hours of television programming, 200 hours of digital programming and 275 feature films.

Content Media recently closed a multi-faceted deal with Bruno Wu’s Beijing-based Seven Stars Entertainment and Media, Ltd., in which Content acquired the Alive Group of companies allowing Content to distribute its extensive library of film and television rights through the Alive Group to the Chinese market, as well as a direct equity investment by Seven Stars into Content

The Film sales division launched in 2002 and represents high profile, commercial feature films with great artistic and theatrical ambition. In addition to handling worldwide sales, marketing, and publicity, the company assists film producers in securing financing.