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Ridesharing + social media + murder = bloody black comedy “SPREE”; release info announced

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The Sundance 2020 world premiere focuses on what could be called mobile deadstreaming.

RLJE Films has revealed that it will release SPREE, directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko from a screenplay he wrote with Gene McHugh, in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms August 14. It stars Joe Keery (STRANGER THINGS’ Steve Harrington in his first feature-film lead), Sasheer Zamata, the SCREAM movies’ David Arquette, Kyle Mooney, Mischa Barton (THE SIXTH SENSE), Frankie Grande and John DeLuca. The synopsis: “Meet Kurt [Keery], from @KurtsWorld96. He dreams of sitting atop a social media empire, but for now he drives for the rideshare company Spree. Fortunately, Kurt has come up with the perfect way to go viral: #TheLesson. He’s decked out his car with cameras for a nonstop livestream full of killer entertainment–murdering his passengers. In the middle of all this madness, a stand-up comedian [Zamata] with her own viral agenda crosses Kurt’s path and becomes the only hope to put an end to his misguided carnage.”​

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.