LIGHTNING ENTERTAINMENT STRIKES IMMORTALITY
Kerry Prior's "ZOMB-EDY" is a Worldwide FILM Festival Sensation AND FAN FAVORITE, SCORING MAJOR AWARD RECOGNITION and EARNING Cult STATUS WITH BLOODTHIRSTY HORROR AFFICIANODOS ACROSS THE GLOBE.
May 3, 2011 - Santa Monica, CA
Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to Kerry Prior's breakout hit festival film THE REVENANT, a horror comedy about two slacker best friends who become zombies, and then use their newfound powers to become vigilante crime fighters -with hilariously mixed results. Lightning will introduce the film to buyers at Cannes, with a new trailer and one special invitation-only market screening.
"We're thrilled to bring THE REVENANT to Cannes for our buyers," said Mathilde Aupetit, VP of Worldwide sales for Lightning Entertainment. "This film is one of the coolest, funniest and scariest horror movies we have seen in a long time, and we know our buyers will love it- it's a nonstop ride of scares and action."
"Joe was one of the original champions of the movie when it debuted in the festival circuit" says Prior. Everybody at Lightning completely gets the movie; and they and have been totally supportive of my vision for the theatrical release, so it's really the perfect match. I'm psyched."
THE REVENANT's director Kerry Prior wrote the original screenplay and produced the film with Liam Finn, and Jacques Thelmaque. . Lightning's Joseph Dickstein, SVP of Acquisitions for Lightning Entertainment, negotiated the deal with WME's Graham Taylor, who represented the filmmakers.
About Kerry Prior/ Production co
Over at Hitfix, Aaron Morgan writes:
Overall this movie is a real gem and deserves a wide release here in the states to shake us out of this remake/retread horror trend. “Revenant” is clever and hilariously dark, and movie fans are starving for this kind of originality to cleanse the pallet [sic] from all the bland genre meals we’ve been served in theaters over the last few years.
Joblo, Brian Kelley raves:
This is the kind of film that deserves to be seen in a large crowd and I hope and pray it doesn’t fall victim to the type of distribution hell that landed TRICK R TREAT into the direct-to-DVD road after two years of fan anticipation. Make noise about wanting to see this film and I promise you won’t be disappointed when given the opportunity to experience it for yourself. THE REVENANT is flat-out fantastic horror-comedy that is safely mentioned in the same breath as masterpieces such as RE-ANIMATOR.
Andrew Mack at Twitchfilm praises the director’s work in the film, saying:
The chemistry of the lead actors David Anders [Bart] and Chris Wylde [Joey] and Kerry Prior’s comedic writing are key to any success this film musters up. Very much a labor of love of Prior he wrote, produced, edited and directed this feature. Mostly known for his work in special effects on films such as the Phantasm franchise, Bubba Ho-tep and a Nightmare on Elm Street film, too name a few, he’s only had one other opportunity to write and direct and that film was called Roadkill, way back in 1996. But here it is his comedic timing and writing that are the big pay off.
Since its debut on the film festival circuit, The Revenant has won the following awards: