PosterWhen I heard that Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn) was making a film entitled The Alphabet Killer, my first response was one that many people probably had. Do we really need another movie about George W. Bush?

But apparently, the film has nothing to do with Bush or his failed education policies.

The Alphabet Killer, which reunites director Rob Scmidt with Wrong Turn star Eliza Dushku, is a fact-based film about a serial killer and has been picked up by Anchor Bay for distribution in North America, according to Fangoria. The film debuts at Screamfest in Los Angeles on October 18 and is loaded with genre vets including Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Starship Troopers), Timothy Hutton (The Dark Half), and Cary Elwes(Saw).

“THE ALPHABET KILLER turned out to be an incredible film—scary, intense and riveting,” adds scripter Tom Malloy, who’s also part of the cast. “It’s very much like David Fincher’s ZODIAC, but a lot tighter—and we have a payoff! Rob Schmidt was really able to make a mood come across, and he also got dead-on performances from all the actors; I’m happy to be one of them!. I hope the fans get behind it when it comes to theaters, but no matter what happens, I will always be proud of this kick-ass film!”

Fangoria also reports that, in addition to its Screamfest debut, The Alphabet Killer will receive a limited theatrical release this December before hitting DVD sometime after that. No release date for the DVD has been set but check out the film’s official site for more details.