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Ti West to pen film adaptation of horror novel “Bedbugs”

Brad McHargue

April 10th, 2012

Ti West is fast becoming one of the most respected names in horror, delivering us the spooky Satanic Panic flick HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and the haunted hotel tale THE INNKEEPERS. Now, it appears he'll be venturing out of the realm of original material and writing the feature film adaptation of the Ben H. Winters horror novel Bedbugs.

The book tells a tale of urban paranoia set in Brooklyn that follows the Wendt family as they move in to a new home and suddenly start to encounter strange occurrences. Susan Wendt begins suffering what she suspects are bedbug bites, but she’s the only one getting bitten and suddenly fears she may be going crazy. That’s until she’s confronted with a more menacing explanation for the strange things happening to her and the family.

The rights to the film were acquired by Tango Pictures, a brand new production company created by producers Christina Lurie, Steven Shainberg, and Andrew Lazar. The book was published by Quirk Books, with associate publisher and creative director Jason Rekulak stating, “Reading Bedbugs as a manuscript felt like the literary equivalent of a Ti West horror movie—a slow-burning supernatural story with fully realized characters, light on gore but heavy on menace and dread.”

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