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Sean Patrick Flanery directs crime/horror thriller “FRANK & PENELOPE”; new trailer, release info

Friday, May 6, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The BOONDOCK SAINTS star takes audiences on a road trip to hell.

Redbud Studios releases FRANK & PENELOPE to theaters June 3 (see details below) and VOD July 12. Directed by Sean Patrick Flanery from his own script (based on a story by John Thaddeus), it stars Billy Budinich, Caylee Cowan, Johnathon Schaech (PROM NIGHT), Kevin Dillon (THE BLOB), Sonya Eddy, Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS), Donna D’Errico and Flanery. According to the official synopsis, the movie is “about Frank [Budinich] and his girlfriend, Penelope [Cowan], who find themselves miles from civilization while traveling along a deserted stretch of dirt road. As darkness falls, they come upon a small motel and diner and decide to rest for the night. The next day, after robbing the diner, they suddenly become immersed in a hellish nightmare, When the proprietor of the motel and diner, Chisos [Schaech], a psychotic, cannibalistic Bible thumper, along with his sadistic family [D’Errico, Shaye], take Frank and Penelope on a life-and-death journey, where escape is just a heart-pounding breath away. It soon becomes apparent that they are not the first to endure this. But these two will either get out together or ‘go out’ together.”

The distributor estimates that FRANK & PENELOPE will open in 50 theaters across the country, with bookings planned for Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denver, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Miami, New York, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, OR, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, Tulsa, Waco and more.

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.