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“FINAL DESTINATION” creator starts shooting directorial debut “GOOD SAMARITAN”

Friday, May 17, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Jeffrey Reddick (pictured), who wrote the original screenplay for FINAL DESTINATION and went on to script films like TAMARA and DEAD AWAKE, is now taking the helm on the dark revenge thriller GOOD SAMARITAN.

Hood River Entertainment, in association with Title Media, Storyteller Media and Setlife Films, is producing GOOD SAMARITAN, an expansion of Reddick’s short film of the same title. Kourtney Bell (IT FOLLOWS), Will Stout, Skyler Hart, Jaqueline Fleming, Han Soto, Damon Lipari, THE RANGER’s Amanda Grace Benitez and Jeremy Holm, Stephen Twardokus and Dean West star.
 The synopsis: “The film follows a young woman [Bell] overcoming her traumatic past who is among several witnesses that see a man fatally assaulted in a park and do nothing to intervene. Soon they all find themselves targeted by someone, or something, out for revenge.”

“I’m so excited to bring GOOD SAMARITAN to life with such an amazing group of producers, cast and crew,” says Reddick. “I get extremely troubled by real-life stories that show people’s lack of caring and compassion for one another. So, I wanted to explore this theme in the confines of a genre film. I’ve been waiting for the right project to make and I feel really blessed and excited to show it to the world.”

“Jeffrey and I have been wanting to work together for over a decade,” says Hood River’s Andrew van den Houten, who’s producing with Andy Steinman, Roman Dent and Ashleigh Snead. “It’s an honor GOOD SAMARITAN, Jeffrey’s directorial debut, is the film giving us the opportunity to collaborate. His creative vision for this thrilling, relevant story is definitely going to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.