Bloody Disgusting & AMC Theatres Team for Horror Distribuition
by Ethan Anderton
March 10, 2011
For all those horror fans out there upset that lower key titles just don't get enough play in the US, today we have great news for you. The Collective, a full-service entertainment management and content company, AMC Theatres and the horror loving site Bloody-Disgusting.com have announced a new distribution partnership dedicated to acquiring and marketing the best horror and thriller titles from film festivals and international markets. The first three films in the deal were also revealed, so audiences will soon have a better chance at seeing the flicks Cold Fish, Rammbock and Yellowbrickroad. More details on each below!
Here's the rundown of each of the first three films in this new venture as described in the press release:
Cold Fish - From Sion Sono, the director of Love Exposure and Suicide Club and based on a true story, it came as no surprise that Sono's brutal serial killer film Cold Fish received international acclaim on the fest circuit, playing Toronto, Venice, Pusan, Fantastic Fest, and others. When Shamoto's teenage daughter was caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps to resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Shamoto's daughter work at their fish store. Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple… who force him to get his hands dirty in their brutal business. Inspired by a true events, Cold Fish is a bloodcurdling suspense drama that unveils the underlying insanity of an ordinary man.
Rammbock - Produced by Melanie Berke and Sigrid Hoerner, written by Benjamin Hessler and directed by Marvin Kren, the Fantastic Fest favorite marks the first German foray into the zombie genre. Kren's short but action packed feature follows a group of strangers attempting to fight off a horde of infected zombies in a Berlin apartment complex.
Yellowbrickroad - Produced by Eric Hungerford and directed and written by Andy Mitton and Jesse Holland and starring Cassidy Freeman ("Smallville"), Anessa Ramsey (The Signal), and Lee Wilkof (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead). In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, NH abandoned their homes and walked up an ancient trail, never to be seen alive again. Their fates have remained a mystery for over 70 years, until a team of researchers discover the trailhead and attempt to track the path the doomed citizens of Friar took.
As for the release dates of these films, that remains to be revealed. However, the plan for release will have AMC showing a new title in the ongoing series each month, at least twice a week, across 32 key markets (it's not perfect, but at least many more people will get to see these flicks than would otherwise happen). In addition, there will be a special midnight Friday showing of the films beginning in May. Following their run in AMC Theatres, the film swill then be available on TV, Video onDemand and DVD, complete with unrated content, bonus features and special packaging. Brad Miska from Bloody Disgusting comments:
“We see a lot of horror films that never make it to the consumer here in the States. We hope to change that by releasing only films we personally love and think the horror community will embrace. Horror movies are a social experience. The success of Bloody Disgusting and other horror communities proves that concept. Bloody Disgusting represents a society of hardcore fans and we plan to activate them through these screenings, bringing the conversation off of the blogs and into the theater itself, while creating a unique experience for each filmgoer that motivates them to come back every month for the experience itself, not just the films.”
This should be some great news for horror/genre fans who just can't get enough blood, gore, scares and just plain old horror in their theaters. Plus, you have to give credit to AMC for really reaching out to a fanbase who is more than passionate about a specific genre. This venture along with their new indie partnership with Regal Entertainment Group and their continued dedication to showing classic movies (like the forthcoming anniversary screening of Taxi Driver) just shows how much AMC Theaters loves great cinema, even if their concessions are outrageously over priced. We hope at least a few of you are excited by this announcement.