Shout! Factory Snatches Up THE EDITOR For North America, Plans Wide Attack

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Shout! Factory Snatches Up THE EDITOR For North America, Plans Wide Attack
Canada's finest filmmaking collective, Astron 6, have finally found a North American home for their pitch perfect giallo send-up The Editor with Shout! Factory and its horror sub-label Scream Factory. The film, which premiered in TIFF's Midnight Madness section last Fall, has played around the world to unanimous acclaim, including making my own top ten list of 2014 following a screening at Fantastic Fest in Austin. 

The Editor's exclusive distribution deal with Shout! Factory marks the first such deal in an English speaking territory and ups the profile of both Astron 6 and Shout! in the process. The deal includes a wide variety of media, including but not limited to theatrical, home video, VOD and streaming services, and broadcast media. With Shout! Factory working on expanding their reach in the digital world via their new streaming channel, Shout! Factory has definitely nabbed a big draw among the niche horror crowd.

The deal was just announced today and no further release details have been made available, but I'll be the first in line when they are. Here are some more details from Shout! and Astron-6's Matt Kennedy and Adam Brooks:

 Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) - Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute THE EDITOR in the U.S.  Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory's founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to THE EDITOR, including broadcast, digital, home entertainment and theatrical for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this movie on a variety of entertainment distribution platforms and in all packaged media through Shout's genre label and horror entertainment brand, Scream Factory™.

"The Editor is catnip to horror film geeks and film geeks in general," said Shout's Associate Vice President of Acquisitions Jordan Fields.  "It's a superbly crafted, maniacal blend of comedy and horror, where the satire is both broad enough to include the casual fan and precise enough to reward the hardcore fan.  There's a reason Astron-6 has such a rabid following, and we'll do our best to make sure The Editor finds the massive audience it deserves."

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Shout Factory for the release of The Editor. Shout has rereleased many of the genre classics that have inspired our work, and they continue to give new and intriguing genre films, like The Babadook and The Battery, a proper release that will appeal to fans. The Editor is our neo-giallo love letter to all things Argento and Fulci, and we feel it will be right at home as part of the Scream Factory catalogue," said filmmakers Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks.

A hilarious send-up of classic giallo cinema, THE EDITOR spins the twisted tale of a once-prolific film editor who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders haunting a seedy 1970s film studio.  Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he's had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he's been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learns the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.

Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Hill (Bad Meat), Laurence R. Harvey (The ABCs of Death 2), Adam Brooks (Manborg), Matthew Kennedy (Father's Day), Conor Sweeney (The ABCs of Death 2), Tristan Risk (Dark Continents) and Udo Kier (Borgia, Blade) star in this absurdist throwback to the Italian Giallo

ASTRON-6 presents A Kennedy/Brooks Inc. Film. THE EDITOR is written by Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks and Conor Sweeney; special effects by Emersen Ziffle, Steven Kostanski and Aftermath FX; featuring music by Claudio Simonetti, Carpenter Brut and Jeremy Gillespie; executive producer, Andria Spring; associate producer, Jerry Wasserman and Kevin Ascolillo II; produced and directed by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.

The film deal was negotiated by Mette-Marie Katz of XYZ Films and Shout! Factory's Jordan Fields.
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Martin WagnerMay 2, 2015 4:55 PM

Saw this at Fantastic Fest. A one-joke movie that's hilarious for giallo fans for about its first half-hour, then seriously overstays its welcome (and just cannot maintain the necessary humor levels) by padding out to feature length. It would have been a wonderful short.

pHitzyMay 20, 2015 5:55 AM

Don't listen to this nonsense. It's fantastic from start to finish.