Tickets and passes are already on sale for this year’s edition of Arrow Video FrightFest, which will run from August 26 through 30. Just in time for things to kick off is the addition of directing duo Samuel Gonzalez Jr. and Bridget Smith’s latest effort, The Retaliators.
The trailer had been quietly making the rounds along with a low key roll out of updates via social media with some websites picking up on the trailer, including our own Christina Ortega Phillips weighing in back in April upon exuberantly discovering the bands included in the cast:
Papa Roach. Ice Nine Kills. Escape the Fate. Five Finger Death Punch. No, I am not playing that game where you put together a fantasy music festival lineup. These are just some of the bands featured on the soundtrack of THE RETALIATORS. But wait! There’s more. Not only are these groups on the soundtrack, but they are also starring in this horror thriller. Seriously!
Hailing from Better Noise Films (The Dirt, Sno Babies),The Retaliators will have its World Premiere on the festival’s closing day, Monday, August 30. The film stars Michael Lombardi (“Rescue Me”), Marc Menchaca (“Ozark”), and Joseph Gatt (“Game of Thrones”) along with Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix in his screen debut.
An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter’s brutal murder. A high-octane original soundtrack and cameos from some of the biggest names in rock music set the tone as this horror-thriller reveals a game of revenge played using a new set of rules.
The film will also feature cameos and music by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills, Escape The Fate and many more, anchored by an original score from Emmy-winning composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (“Stranger Things”).
“Since the early days of production, we’ve always thought FrightFest would be the perfect place for this film to make its premiere.” said Better Noise president, Dan Waite. “The Retaliators is an unapologetic horror film at its core, and we’re thrilled that Paul McEvoy and the rest of the FrightFest team understand our vision and have extended an invite for this story to be a part of its epic legacy in the genre. We also look forward to further bridging the relationship between rock music and horror films with this project.”
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