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a film by joe ronca

"The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed." - Charlotte Bronte

From Joe Ronca, award winning director behind the 2021 horror short, Stick Doll,  RAT KING is a gripping psychological thriller that follows Gus Gordon, a reclusive hoarder, as a reality TV crew attempts to clean his cluttered childhood home. As they uncover the traumatic secrets buried beneath the debris, the crew unwittingly awakens a malevolent force, leading to a shocking revelation that blurs the lines between psychological drama and supernatural horror. Prepare for a tale of family, trauma, and the unexpected in this edge-of-your-seat exploration of one man's haunted past.





Genre: Drama, Supernatural Horror

Projected Release Date: Winter 2025

Starring: Stevenn Beck

Studio: Keasbey & Mattison

Written & Directed by: Joe Ronca

Stevenn Beck

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Stevenn, a Brooklyn-born and Long Island-raised individual, is an intelligent, passionate, and empathetic figure, known as the quintessential "Mister Nice Guy." His creative journey began as a singer/songwriter in the 1980s Village scene, with over 100 original "retro" folk-rock songs in his catalog. After a brief pause due to family obligations, Stevenn resumed acting in 2003. Notable appearances include independent films like the award-winning "Happy Birthday," "The Evaluation," and "By The Dashboard Light." Currently residing in Manhattan, Stevenn's top "bucket-list" item is to portray a multi-dimensional character that deeply connects with the audience while serving the story. Rat King will give Stevenn that chance. Writer/director, Joe Ronca created this role specifically for Stevenn, having worked with him before on a previous project. With knowledge of his range and unique acting abilities Joe was able to customize the character of Gus Gordon, specifically to utilize Stevenn's talent and delivery. 

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Stevenn Beck as driving instructor Vernon Trout in Joe Ronca's 2015 feature, "By the Dashboard Light"

Marketing Sample

While this isn't the final poster, here we see the Rat King concept art standing proudly with it's A24 brethren.

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Look Book

RAT KING draws it's visual style from the nitty gritty realism of 1970's films like Taxi Driver, Wanda and Rocky. This style has carried over through the decades in films like Leon the Professional, Twelve Monkeys and Joker. It's with these examples and more, we begin to build our look book.

Investors Wanted

Attention, visionary investors! An incredible opportunity awaits you in the spine-chilling realm of Rat King, a groundbreaking horror film destined to haunt audiences worldwide and catch the attention of the esteemed production company, A24. With a gripping storyline that weaves together terror, suspense, and a deeply unsettling mystery, Rat King promises to captivate audiences and send shivers down their spines. Led by a passionate team of seasoned filmmakers, we are seeking strategic partners to bring this bone-chilling vision to life. Join us in the creation of a modern horror classic that will redefine the genre and leave a lasting impact on the world of cinema. Embrace the fear, embrace the Rat King. Together, let's make nightmares a reality. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to receive an investor packet and more information.


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