One of the best indie horror films of 2018 is Jenn Wexler‘s The Ranger. Written by Wexler and Giaco Furino, the film feels like the love child of The Return of the Living Dead and Wolf Creek. Since premiering at SXSW in March, the film has been touring the national and international festival circuit and had short theater runs in both New York and Los Angeles. It was reported this week by Variety that the film was picked up by AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder and will debut on the network next year.
The Ranger Directed by Jenn Wexler
Written by Jenn Wexler, Giaco Furino
Starring ChloÃ« Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jeremy Holm, Larry Fessenden
Glass Eye Pix
Release date: August 17, 2018 (NY)
33 years ago to the day Dan O’Bannon’s punk rock horror classic, Return of the Living Dead opened in theaters. The spirit of that film is alive and well in The Ranger, a new punk rock horror film that opens in New York today, and had its premiere last night at the IFC Center in the village. The Ranger is the first film directed by Jenn Wexler, a producer with Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix. It was co-written and based on a script from Giaco Furino. Together, they not only kept the punk rock tradition of ROTLD alive, but created a whole new monster, and with it one of the year’s best horror films. Combining a kickass punk soundtrack, a psychedelic filming style, and one of the creepiest modern day bad guys in horror, The Ranger is a must see that leaves genre fans howling.
A trailer has been released for Girlfriend’s Day, an upcoming Netflix original movie from director Michael Paul Stephenson.
The movie stars Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Mr. Show) as a greeting card writer who finds himself in the middle of a nasty situation as people compete to pen the perfect card for a newly created holiday, Girlfriend’s Day. Odenkirk is joined by an impressive cast on the dark comedy, including Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., Stacy Keach, Rich Sommer, June Diane Raphael, Andy Richter, Stephanie Courtney, Toby Huss, Stephen Michael Quezada, Derek Waters, Larry Fessenden, and Echo Kellum.
You can read an official synopsis for the movie and watch the new trailer below.
The Larry Fessenden Collection Blu-ray
Director: Larry Fessenden
Cast: Connie Britton, Ron Perlman , Larry Fessenden, Meredith Snaider, Miriam Healy-Louie, Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber, Erik Per Sullivan, James Le Gros Scream Factory
Not Rated | 390 Minutes
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Writer, producer, director and actor, Larry Fessenden has become an indie horror icon with his idiosyncratic, genre-bending films. Known for realistic, character-driven horror stories. Fessenden’s films often examine the disintegration of civilization and humanity, focusing on psychological dread instead of blood and guts.
Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have teamed up to present four of Fessenden’s critically acclaimed films on Blu-ray for the first time. The Larry Fessenden Collection includes No Telling, Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter, and features new director-supervised HD transfers.