By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Campbell is one of several genre notables in the film that world premieres at Fantastic Fest.
Screen Media has announced its acquisition of BLACK FRIDAY, with a day-and-date release planned for sometime around the titular day in November. Casey Tebo directed the movie from a script by Andy Greskoviak, and the EVIL DEAD hero is joined in the cast by Devon Sawa (FINAL DESTINATION, IDLE HANDS), Ivana Baquero (PAN’S LABYRINTH), Ryan Lee, Stephen Peck and Michael Jai White (SPAWN). The synopsis: “On the busiest shopping night of the year, a group of disgruntled toy store employees must defend themselves from legions of holiday shoppers when a mysterious alien parasite turns them into monstrous creatures hell-bent on a murderous rampage.”
“When Andy sent me this script, it was such a blast!” says Tebo. “It reminded me of some of my favorite holiday horror movies like GREMLINS or KRAMPUS. I could see myself running to a midnight showing to see this with other horror fans, and at the same time, I could see my kids watching it at a sleepover with their friends. It’s imaginative, original, scary, fun, and the right bit of ridiculous–and that’s all the things I want to see in a movie!”
“With elevated thrills, a stellar ensemble cast, and undeniable entertainment value, BLACK FRIDAY is the kind of original content that Screen Media aspires to bring to our audiences,” the distributor says in a statement. “We can’t wait to unleash this clever horror film, just in time for its namesake holiday.”