November 28, 2023

‘Ascent to Hell’ Lights Cannes on Fire

Cannes, France – APL Film has acquired the international sales rights to Rumpus Room Productions and Elpis Film’s thriller/horror, Ascent to Hell. The deal was concluded by Andrew van den Houten of 79th & Broadway on behalf of the producers, with Warren Nimchuk negotiating for APL Film. Sales are currently underway at Cannes Film Market. Here is a first look at the international sales key art.

Ascent to Hell - Poster
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Inspired by the New York Triangle Factory Fire, which left hundreds of female workers dead, Ascent to Hell is a classic ghost story about this former sweatshop and the ghosts that are trying to escape.

Starring Azura Skye (One Missed Call), Bill Sage (We Are What We Are), John Randall Hennigan (aka WWE’s Johnny Nitro /John Morrison) and Cayleb Long, the film was directed by Dena Hysell.

In the story, Kate (Skye), an ambitious commercial real estate agent has her sights set on a big contract, with a wealthy investment manager (Sage). The deal is lucrative, but it is suddenly on the rocks as Kate and Mr. Browning, and the rest of the people involved in the deal must survive a mysterious supernatural trap. In order to escape with their lives, Kate must find the clues to the building’s past.

  • Director: Dena Hysell
  • Written by: Golan Ramraz
  • Story by: Isak Borg, Golan Ramraz, & Dena Hysell
  • Executive Producers: Andrew Van den Houten Nino Conchetta
  • Producers: Dena Hysell and Sirad Balducci
  • Cinematographer: Will Turner
  • Production Designer: Jonathan Schroeder

Cast: Azura Skye, Cayleb Long, Bill Sage, Taylor Gildersleeve, and John Randall Hennigan.

APL Film 
Warren Nimchuk and Brian Sweet share the management of APL, a company engaged in international foreign sales and distribution.

79th & Broadway
Founded in 2016, 79th & Broadway is a New York based producers’ representation and film financing company that helps filmmakers get their projects sold, financed and distributed globally.

Rumpus Room Productions
Founded in 2012, Rumpus Room Productions is a bi-coastal production company focused on genre films and director driven material.


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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