September 15, 2010
Fantastic Fest Announces World Premiere Screening of FEARnet’s ‘Zombie Roadkill’ With Thomas Haden Church, David Dorfman and Director David Green in Attendance
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Fantastic Fest will host a World Premiere screening of Zombie Roadkill, from FEARnet and Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House Pictures, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Friday, September 24th at 8pm with Academy Award-nominated actor Thomas Haden Church, David Dorfman (The Ring films, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and director David Green in attendance at a special post-screening Q&A, which will be moderated by FEARnet on-air host Spider (Powerman 5000). FEARnet will screen the terrifyingly twisted new six-part series in its entirety, followed by a Zombie Roadkill after-party. The FEARnet-sponsored insanity of the fourth annual Fantastic Feud will ensue a couple of days later!
Presenting Sponsor for Fantastic Fest 2010, FEARnet will also bring the Zombie Roadkill taco truck on-site at the screening so that fans can grab some grub before the show. The gourmet culinary coach will offer up designer tacos that may or may not be filled with shredded, seasoned zombie roadkill. Fantastic Fest kicks off the truck's multi-week tour with scheduled stops in several markets.
Ghost House Pictures' partners Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead Series, Drag Me to Hell), together with Jim Burns shepherded the project along with Ben Ketai and Sarah Donohue as Executive Producers. Innovative director David Green helmed the project penned by Henry Gayden.
The horror-comedy features Academy Award-nominated actor Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways, Wings) as a tough as nails Park Ranger who teams with an unsuspecting teenager, played by David Dorfman, to escape a cursed stretch of highway that resurrects roadkill in the form of flesh eating zombie animals.
Zombie Roadkill follows a group of college kids driving on an unfamiliar winding road through a national park. The group is heading for a fun weekend away, but when they accidentally run over a "harmless" squirrel, everything takes a dark turn and they quickly discover that this is no ordinary road. In fact, the woods are alive with the undead: wronged woodland creatures that have been reanimated as vengeful, murderous zombies!
"Fantastic Fest brings together the very best in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy to give audiences truly fresh content," said Peter Block, FEARnet's President and General Manager. "This fun and creative environment is the perfect place to unveil our newest original series."
The first two episodes of Zombie Roadkill will premiere on FEARnet.com on October 4th, with a new episode available daily through Friday, October 8th. The terrifyingly twisted new series will also play on FEARnet On Demand with the first three episodes of the series becoming available on October 14th and final episodes available on October 21st.
In celebration of the highly-anticipated series FEARnet will have additional promotions such as a fun Zombie Roadkill branded Whac-a-Mole game at the Fantastic Arcade at the Highball from September 23rd through September 26th. FEARnet also has several themed giveaways planned during the event including an exclusive Zombie Roadkill poster.
FEARnet will also serve as the Gala Sponsor of the fourth annual Fantastic Feud, which will take place at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 11:59pm (midnight) on Monday the 27th. The Fantastic Feud is the best horror game show on the planet, and one of the most popular VIP parties at Fantastic Fest each year. FEARnet's resident film critic Scott Weinberg (also Managing Editor of Cinematical.com and contributor to various other sites) will moderate the controlled insanity that he helped create in 2007. A metric ton of terror trivia will get torn to pieces by teams comprised of Fantastic Fest filmmakers and guests, Austin movie luminaries, and Alamo programmers for a chance to win FEARnet branded prize packs.
"Scott Weinberg's annual Fantastic Feud is a wanton blender-full of depravity, chaos, and debauchery spun together by the biggest horror braniacs on the planet. I love it," says festival director Tim League. "The highest rated 'film' of the 2007 festival, the Fantastic Feud is always one of the quintessential moments of the festival."
Fantastic Fest has scoured the globe for the very best in action, horror, science fiction, fantasy to the truly bizarre in contemporary cinema for your viewing pleasure. Fantastic Fest is the film festival with the boring parts cut out. Miss this one and your regrets will agonize you for years to come. You have been warned.
FEARnet, the world's premier destination for horror, thriller and suspense, is a cutting-edge, multi-platform movie network available on demand, online and on mobile 24/7. Its unrivaled modern horror library unites Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) (Nasdaq: CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services with Sony Pictures Television (SPT: US) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the two top studios producing and distributing the genre.
FEARnet has generated over 500 MM views, is the #1 Free Movie VOD network, and is available on Comcast, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse, Insight Communications, Bresnan and Guadalupe Valley Systems. FEARnet will launch its traditional cable channel in HD on October 1, 2010. www.FEARnet.com is the web's #1 site for genre fans, and PC Magazine recently named FEARnet.com among "The 15 Best Websites for Movie Fans." Users can explore the world of the macabre on a visually arresting video-rich environment packed with movies, interactive community features and fresh original content.
About Fantastic Fest
Dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by showbiz bible Variety, Fantastic Fest is also known as the "Comic Con of film festivals." Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States, showcasing eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The 2009 edition hosted over 70 world, U.S. and regional premieres of the latest sci-fi, horror, fantasy and cult films from around the world.
Fantastic Fest Partners
IFC is a significant media partner in conjunction with regional media partner Time Warner Cable. KXAN Austin News (NBC) and The CW Austin (CW) are our network television partners. Dell and AMD are teamed up to support the Next Wave Filmmakers Competition at Fantastic Fest. Presenting sponsor Ambhar Tequila is the official tequila of Fantastic Fest. FEARnet has come on board as a Presenting Sponsor, while HitFix and Radisson are Title Sponsors. Other sponsors include Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, Embassy Suites, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Texas Film Commission and Whole Foods. Media partners include Ain't It Cool News, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM, The Onion, Chud, Fangoria, Moving Pictures and Twitch.
About Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star-studded special events. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is currently planning to expand its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States.
For more details regarding Fantastic Fest, contact Brandy Fons, publicist, at (310) 809-8882 or [email protected]. For more information, visit the official Fantastic Fest site at www.fantasticfest.com.
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