That said, there are a few films that -- from time-to-time -- I've found of interest enough to give them a bit of face time. Those that are particularly groundbreaking can be fun to delve into. Those that might have a mystical, paranormal, or even spiritual angle can also catch my interest. But just shedding blood for the sake of shedding blood gets a bit tiresome, don't you think? I've never understood the motivation for many of those thrillers, but -- as I always caution -- to each his own.
In any event, I have received word regarding a comic spin on the ol' serial killer flick: Vicious Fun looks to have played out to some modest acclaim on the film festival circuit, so it's only natural that it would finally settle down right at home ... on home video. It's slated for release on demand, Blu-ray, and DVD this April 5th.
Here's the plot summary as provided by IMDB.com:
"Joel, a caustic 1980s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in or risk becoming the next victim."
As I said, I don't normally shuck for these all-too-conventional films, but this one looks to have a nice combination of blood and charm.
I'll do the usual copy-and-paste of the promotional materials below. Trailer is there as well. You folks know what to do.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!
RLJE FILMS PRESENTS
Available on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray April 5, 2022
“entrails are spilled, skulls are crushed…viciously, dangerously good”
– Dread Central
Directed by Cody Calahan (“Antisocial”, The Oak Room), and written by James Villeneuve (The Ticket), VICIOUS FUN stars Evan Marsh (Shazam!), Amber Goldfarb (“Sex/Life”), Ari Millen (“Orphan Black”), Julian Richings (Man of Steel), Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes) and David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy). The DVD will be available for an SRP of $27.97 and the Blu-ray will be available for an SRP of $28.96.
In VICIOUS FUN, Joel is a caustic film critic for a national horror magazine who unwittingly finds himself trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, he attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim. “Bloody, heartfelt, and hilarious, VICIOUS FUN is one of the best horror comedies in years” (Dread Central).
Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray include:
● Filmmaker Commentary
● Deleted Scenes & Alternate Takes
● Blooper Reel
● From Script to Screen
● Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
ABOUT RLJE FILMS
RLJE Films’ recent and upcoming features include David Oyelowo’s directorial debut The Water Man; the intense No Man of God starring Elijah Wood and Luke Kirby from director Amber Sealey; Sion Sono’s 2021 Sundance Film Festival premiere Prisoners of the Ghostland starring Nicolas Cage and Sofia Boutella; and the apocalyptic holiday dramedy from writer/director Camille Griffin, Silent Night, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Roman Griffin Davis. us.rljentertainment.com.
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