Shout Factory has acquired the North American rights to ‘Bloodsucking Bastards’, the new vampire horror comedy feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. In this picture deal, Shout Factory secured exclusive North American rights to the film, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Come on inside for details.
“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’, the feature 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 had its World Premiere as the opening night feature for the Slamdance Film Festival on January 23, 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.”