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Richard Bates Jr.’s SXSW shocker “TONE-DEAF” lands distribution; first photos

Friday, March 1, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The writer/director behind the extreme-dysfunction horror films EXCISION, SUBURBAN GOTHIC and TRASH FIRE has landed a distributor for his latest feature ahead of its festival debut, and the first pair of photos has appeared.

Saban Films has announced that it has picked up North American rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s TONE-DEAF, which world-premieres at the SXSW Film Festival March 10 with follow-up screenings on the 11th and 14th (get more info here). The movie stars Robert Patrick, Amanda Crew, Kim Delaney, Hayley Marie-Norman, Ray Wise, Johnny Pemberton, Keisha Castle-Hughes, AnnaLynne McCord, Nelson Franklin and Ronnie Gene-Blevins; according to the official synopsis, “TONE-DEAF follows millennial Olive [Crew] who, after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, leaves the city for a weekend of peace in the country, only to discover the shockingly dark underbelly of rural America. She rents an eccentric, ornate country house from Harvey [Patrick], an old-fashioned widower who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon two generations collide with terrifying results in this home-invasion horror film that is also a darkly comedic critique of the bizarre cultural and political climate that currently exists.” A release date has yet to be determined.

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.