We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to see Heavy Trip since Heather Wixson gave it a four-star review at Cinepocalypse, and it looks like we won't have to wait long, as the film will be released in select theaters and VOD this October in the US:

Press Release: Chicago, IL (July 31, 2018) – The raucous and rollicking Finnish comedy HEAVY TRIP, about a small-town Finnish heavy metal band that blasts its way out of the quiet countryside for a big debut gig in Norway, will open in top markets across the U.S. in conjunction with a nationwide VOD debut this October.

In HEAVY TRIP, Turo (Johannes Holopainen) is stuck in a small village in the Finnish countryside where his greatest passion is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem is that he and his fellow headbangers have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. But that’s all about to change when the guys meet the promoter of a huge heavy metal music festival in Norway and decide it’s now or never. Hitting the road in a stolen van with a corpse, a coffin, and a new drummer from a local mental hospital in tow, Impaled Rektum travels across Scandinavia to make their dreams a reality.

Following its lauded U.S. premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, an equally fiery Norwegian premiere two weeks later at Oslo’s Inferno Metal Festival, 2018 Fantasia Film Festival, and its subsequent rollout to festivals around the world, HEAVY TRIP is expected to have late-night theatrical showings in the U.S.’s top markets on October 5, 2018, and opens nationwide via VOD on October 12, 2018.

Helmed by first-time feature filmmakers Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren, HEAVY TRIP is the first title scheduled for release under the new distribution deal between Doppelgänger Releasing—the genre label of Music Box Films—and Bloody Disgusting, the country’s leading horror genre website.

Heavy Trip

Doppelgänger Releasing

Opens in Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall Beverly Hills): October 5

Opens in Austin (Alamo Drafthouse): October 5

Opens in Chicago (Music Box Theater): October 5

Theater schedule: check Doppelganger Website

Arrives on VOD: October 12

Directors/co-screenwriters: Jukka Vidgren & Juuso Laatio; Cast: Johannes Holopainen, Minka Kuustonen, Ville Tiihonen (Hilska), Max Ovaska, Samuli Jaskio, Antti Heikkinen, Chike Ohanwe; Running Time: 90 min.; Genre: Comedy; Format: 2.35:1 widescreen; Sound Format: stereo 5.1; Rating: NR; Country: Finland; Language: English, Norwegian and Finnish with English subtitles.

Doppelgänger Releasing is the genre label of Music Box Films. Launched in 2013, highlights include the Slamdance award-winner 100 BLOODY ACRES, Santiago Segura’s TORRENTE series, and Fabrice Du Welz’s psychosexual thriller ALLELUIA. Recent releases include the Blu-ray debut of Wes Craven’s 1978 cult classic SUMMER OF FEAR and Dario Argento’s OPERA, THE SECT, and THE CHURCH. SXSW and Fantasia Festival favorite HEAVY TRIP is the label's first release in collaboration with genre website Bloody Disgusting. For more information, please visit www.DoppelgangerReleasing.com.

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