Bathed in fluorescent lights, the telemarketing office where Evan (Fran Kranz of The Cabin in the Woods) works seems to be sucking the life out of his soul, but he'll have to worry about the same thing happening to his lifeblood when a vampire takes his sought-after promotion. Such is the horror-comedy setup in Bloodsucking Bastards, a recent Slamdance screening that Shout! Factory just picked up:
Press Release - "LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK / PARK CITY (January 29, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.
“Dr. God has made a gem of a horror comedy that fans will be quoting for years to come. It has the broad appeal of a mainstream hit, but the twisted sensibility of a cult favorite. It’s right at home here, and we plan to take good care of it across all distribution channels,” states Jordan Fields, Associate Vice President of Acquisitions.
BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) as an overworked office worker whose telemarketing company is slowly taken over by vampires led by his longtime nemesis (Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones). Described as Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS also stars Emma Fitzpatrick (The Collection), Joey Kern (Cabin Fever), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice), and Joel Murray (Mad Men), as well as Dr. God members Justin Ware, Neil Garguilo, David Park, and Sean Cowhig.
The film made its World Premiere as the opening night feature for the Slamdance Film Festival on January 23rd, where it received rave reviews, and followed its debut with a well-attended Slamdance opening night party presented by Social House and the video game ZOMBEER, with the cast and crew in attendance. "We are very grateful to Slamdance for picking our movie to kick start this year’s festival and we couldn't be more excited about teaming up with Shout! Factory," producer Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features said. "Shout! represents some of the most respected titles in the genre world and we have no doubt they will do a killer job releasing BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS to the masses."
BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS was developed by Fortress Features and Maybe This Year (MTY) Productions in partnership with Dr. God and director O’Connell. The film was written by Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, financed by Fortress and MTY, and produced by Fortress’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti (The Collector and The Collection), MTY’s Brandon Evans and Colleen Hard, and Dr. God’s Justin Ware. “We had an incredible time making this movie, and we can’t wait for Shout! Factory to unleash it on audiences everywhere,” Ware said. “They know the genre inside and out, they completely get the film, and they’re as excited as we are. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”
For more information about the movie, please visit www.bloodsuckingbastards.com or the movie’s Facebook and Twitter pages. To view the trailer click here.
The deal was brokered on behalf of the producers by Movie Package Co’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield, David Albert Pierce of Pierce Law Group, LLP and Shout! Factory’s Jordan Fields.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Westchester Films, Inc., Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com
About Dr. God
Dr. God is a Los Angeles based comedy group consisting of Sean Cowhig, Neil Garguilo, Brian James O’Connell, David Park, and Justin Ware. In addition to performing live all across the country, they’re a full-service content creation machine for film and television, working as writers, actors, producers, and directors (they’ll even get you a coffee if you ask nicely). Individually or as a group, Dr. God has created content for Relativity Media, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Fox, Imagine Television, Warner Brothers, Disney Channel, Playboy TV, National Lampoon, TV Guide Network, IFC, and lots of other impressive names that there’s really no need to continue to list. For more information please visit www.drgodcomedy.com or follow them on Twitter @drgodcomedy.
About Fortress Features
Fortress Features was formed in 2004 by Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti. Forbes and Rizzotti produced the critically acclaimed Pride (Lionsgate), starring Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. Their next film The Collector, co-written and directed by Marcus Dunstan (co-writer of Saw 4-7), spawned a sequel called The Collection, which was released wide theatrically. They also executive produced Syrup, starring Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Kellen Lutz (Twilight) and Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead). Fortress produced its first short, Sequence, written and directed by Carles Torrens (Apartment 143) which opened the Sitges Film Festival and took home Best of the Fest honors at the 2013 LA Film Shorts Festival. Fortress most recently produced The Hunted, a thriller starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight, The Collector), which is also Stewart’s directorial debut.
About MTY Productions
MTY PRODUCTIONS, LLC is a dynamic film and television company that boasts decades of experience in multiple facets of media, marketing, and developing innovative and compelling feature film, documentary and television projects to entertain a broad range of audiences. The company was founded by Brandon Evans, who previously co-founded Media Makers, LLC, which specialized in Corporate Sponsorship for Live Concerts, Sporting Events and Television Specials as well as Product Placement for Television and Feature Films. Brandon was also Co-Founder / Director of Business Development for Big Picture, Ltd, where he specialized in producing world-class music and television concerts sold for worldwide distribution including Sting, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Seal, Pink, and many more. MTY currently represents one of Ireland’s biggest celebrity chefs, Kevin Dundon, having launched his full signature Housewares Collection and an award winning television series."