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First Teaser Trailer Revealed For Gregory Plotkin’s ‘Hell Fest’

First Teaser Trailer Revealed For Gregory Plotkin’s ‘Hell Fest’

The first trailer for HELL FEST has been released! Hitting theaters on September 28, 2018 via CBS Films and Lionsgate, ‘Hell Fest’ is a terrifying new vision of horror from director Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Editor – Get Out, Happy Death Day) and Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator).

Synopsis: A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

College student NATALIE (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend BROOKE (Edwards) and her roommate TAYLOR (Taylor-Klaus).  If it was any other time of year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or bar, but it is Halloween which means that like everyone else they will be bound for HELL FEST – a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.  Ever year thousands follow Hell Fest to experience fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares.

But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction – it is a hunting ground.  An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, too caught up in the terrifyingly fun atmosphere to recognize the horrific reality playing out before their eyes.  As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowds continues to rise, he turns his masked face to NATALIE, BROOKE, TAYLOR and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.

A terrifying thrill ride from iconic horror producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator) and director Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Editor – Get Out, Happy Death Day), this September, audiences will discover that it’s fun going in… but it’s hell getting out.

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First Menacing Poster and Images For Gregory Plotkin’s ‘HELL FEST’ Unearthed!

First Menacing Poster and Images For Gregory Plotkin’s ‘HELL FEST’ Unearthed!

A new teaser poster for HELL FEST has been unearthed! Hitting theaters on September 28, 2018 via CBS Films and Lionsgate, ‘Hell Fest’ is a terrifying new vision of horror from director Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Editor – Get Out, Happy Death Day) and Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator).

Synopsis: A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

College student NATALIE (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend BROOKE (Edwards) and her roommate TAYLOR (Taylor-Klaus).  If it was any other time of year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or bar, but it is Halloween which means that like everyone else they will be bound for HELL FEST – a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.  Ever year thousands follow Hell Fest to experience fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares.

But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction – it is a hunting ground.  An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, too caught up in the terrifyingly fun atmosphere to recognize the horrific reality playing out before their eyes.  As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowds continues to rise, he turns his masked face to NATALIE, BROOKE, TAYLOR and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.

A terrifying thrill ride from iconic horror producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator) and director Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Editor – Get Out, Happy Death Day), this September, audiences will discover that it’s fun going in… but it’s hell getting out.

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Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Showcases Burt Reynolds At His Best!

Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Showcases Burt Reynolds At His Best!

“The Last Movie Star” is a smart, fresh take on stardom that left me nostalgic for the era of classic Hollywood. Reynolds’ Vic Edwards represents a pedigree of Hollywood that has long since faded with the popularity of reality stars and internet flash in the pans. A Hollywood fixture for decades, Reynolds’ translates his ups and downs to Vic Edwards with such ease, you lose yourself in the character as if Reynolds’ tragedies and triumphs weren’t public knowledge.

When first meeting Vic, we find a broken man faced with heartbreaking news – he has to put down his longtime companion, his trusty canine Squanto. We’re immediately drawn into a long life of love and loss through his tough decision to end his friend’s suffering. Upon his arrival at home we see he has nothing left within the walls but faded memories of a better life and ultimately he is alone. But, as things are looking down, Vic discovers he is being honored at a film festival near his hometown in Nashville, Tennessee.

Though skeptical at first, his old pal (Chevy Chase) convinces him to show up and collect the award in-person. Vic finds the accommodations for his travel and stay in Nashville far less than impressive. His fears are realized once he arrives at the festival, a small gathering to be held in the back of a bar. Vic’s frustration turns to anger, and bourbon, and the actor turned curmudgeon lashes out at the young fans Doug and Shane, played exceptionally by Clark Duke and Ellar Coltrane, respectively.

Begrudgingly along for the ride is Lil. Lil is portrayed by Ariel Winter in what should prove to be a breakout role for the promising young starlet. Pushing through years of her “Modern Family” image, Winter is stellar opposite Reynolds in the film. Her quick wit and cynicism match Reynolds’ been there, done that attitude pitch perfectly.

Ariel Winter and Burt Reynolds in ‘The Last movie Star.’

Reynolds and Winter embark on a journey around Edwards’ childhood hot-spots visiting his childhood home, college stomping grounds where he was once king, and everything between. Their chemistry is remarkable given the age difference. Reynolds’ is as old school as they come. Golden age of Hollywood all the way. But Winter’s ability to not only match intensity, but sometimes outshine the veteran, is an impressive feat and testimony of her talents.

The cast assembled for the film is nothing short of wonderful. Lead by Reynolds and Winter, Duke, Coltrane, Al-Jaleel Knox, Nikki Blonsky and Juston Street shine like we’ve never seen from each before.

Penned with love, director Adam Rifkin taps into the zeitgeist of past and present, forming a poetic, cautionary tale presented through the eyes of a weathered film star whose message is clear: Do good, be good.

Rifkin’s script is masterful in hiding a personal love letter to a childhood icon while parading itself as a multi-million dollar property loaded with stars.

“The Last Movie Star” is currently available on DirecTV and opens around the nation on March 30, 2018 from A24.

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Check Out The Trailer For Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter

Check Out The Trailer For Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter

Check out the official trailer for Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star.’ The film stars the legendary Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase. The uproarious story about getting older arrives on Blu-ray™ and Digital on March 27 from Lionsgate.

Synopsis: Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was the biggest star in Hollywood, a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. Now in his eighties, he’s convinced by an old friend (Chevy Chase) to accept an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville. The trip launches him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “The Best Is Yet to Come: Adam Rifkin of The Last Movie Star” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director Adam Rifkin

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Vestron Video’s ‘Warlock Collection’ To Hit Blu-ray On July 25th

Vestron Video’s ‘Warlock Collection’ To Hit Blu-ray On July 25th

The Vestron Video Collector’s Series is looking to cast the ultimate spell with the upcoming release of the Warlock Collection, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on July 25 from Lionsgate. A 17th-century Warlock is transported to the 20th century, where he looks to end all of creation. The 2-disc Warlock Collection set includes all three films from the Warlock franchise: Warlock, Warlock: The Armageddon, and Warlock III: The End of Innocence, and are packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews, TV spots, still galleries, making-of featurettes, and more! Restored and remastered, the Warlock Collection Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

WARLOCK COLLECTION OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
An evil warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century and works to unleash Satan upon the world in these three supernaturally chilling films.

WARLOCK SPECIAL FEATURES (Disc 1)

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Steve Miner
  • NEW Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with Author Jeff Bond
  • NEW Interviews
    • “Satan’s Son” with Actor Julian Sands
    • “The Devil’s Work” with Director Steve Miner
    • “Effects of Evil” with Make-up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage Interview Segments with Cast and Crew
  • Vintage Featurette with Make-Up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
  • Vintage Featurette with Visual Effects Supervisors Patrick Read Johnson and Robert Habros, Animation Supervisor Mauro Maressa, and Matte Artist Robert Scifo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Video Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

WARLOCK: THE ARMAGEDDON SPECIAL FEATURES (Disc 2)

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Hickox
  • Vintage Making-of Featurette Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Extended Vintage Interview Segments with Actor Julian Sands, Director Anthony Hickox, and Actress Paula Marshall
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

WARLOCK III: THE END OF INNOCENCE SPECIAL FEATURES (Disc 2)

  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage Interview Segments with Cast and Crew
  • Trailer
  • Video Sales Promo
  • Still Gallery

 

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Vestron’s Long-Awaited ‘Wishmaster Collection’ To Arrive On Blu-ray In March 2017!

Vestron’s Long-Awaited ‘Wishmaster Collection’ To Arrive On Blu-ray In March 2017!

Your wish has come true with the Vestron Video Collector’s Series upcoming release of the Wishmaster Collection, a must-have for cult classic collectors, available for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on March 28 from Lionsgate. In the Wishmaster series, an evil djinn grants three wishes to the person who releases him, fulfilling a prophecy that will unleash his fellow djinn upon the earth. With brand-new illustration from renowned artist Thomas Hodge, the three-disc Wishmaster Collection limited-edition Blu-ray™ includes all four films, restored and remastered, plus never-before-seen special features, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $49.99.

WISHMASTER COLLECTION OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Magically powerful and supernaturally evil, the ancient entity known as the Djinn can grant your wildest dreams — and unleash your darkest nightmares. Follow the Wishmaster’s bloodcurdling quest to devour souls and plunge the world into eternal damnation in this fright-filled collection of all four horror-fantasy favorites.

WISHMASTER SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentaries:
  • Director Robert Kurtzman and screenwriter Peter Atkins
  • Director Robert Kurtzman and stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
  • Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with composer Harry Manfredini
  • Featurettes
    • “Out of the Bottle” – Interviews with director Robert Kurtzman and co-producer David Tripet
    • “The Magic Words” – An Interview with screenwriter Peter Atkins
    • “The Djinn and Alexandra” – Interviews with stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
    • “Captured Visions” – An Interview with director of photography Jacques Haitkin
    • “Wish List” – Interviews with actors Kane Hodder and Ted Raimi
    • Vintage Featurette: “Making of Wishmaster
  • Trailers, Spots, Galleries: Teaser & Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots, Storyboard & Still Galleries
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage Compilation

WISHMASTER 2: EVIL NEVER DIES SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Jack Sholder
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery

WISHMASTER 3: BEYOND THE GATES OF HELL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with director Chris Angel and cast members John Novak, Jason Connery, and Louisette Geiss
  • Vintage Featurette: “Making of Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell
  • Trailer

WISHMASTER 4: THE PROPHECY FULFILLED SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentaries:
  • Director Chris Angel and cast members Michael Trucco and Jason Thompson
  • Director Chris Angel and actor John Novak
  • Featurette: “Wishmasterpiece Theatre”
  • Trailer

WISHMASTER COLLECTION PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 1997

Title Copyright: Wishmaster © 1997 Artisan Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Catalog Release

Rating: R for horror violence and gore, and for language.

Genre: Horror

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English SDH

Feature Run Time: 90 Minutes

Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™

WISHMASTER 2: EVIL NEVER DIES PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 1999

Title Copyright: Wishmaster 2 © 1999 Artisan Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Catalog Release

Rating: R for horror violence and gore, strong language and some sexuality.

Genre: Horror

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English SDH

Feature Run Time: 96 Minutes

Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Audio: English 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio™

WISHMASTER 3: BEYOND THE GATES OF HELL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2001

Title Copyright: Wishmaster 3 © 2001 Wishmaster 3 Production, Inc. & Pendle View (WM), Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Catalog Release

Rating: R for violence/gore, some sexuality and language.

Genre: Horror

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English SDH

Feature Run Time: 92 Minutes

Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio™

WISHMASTER: THE PROPHECY FULFILLED PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2002

Title Copyright: Wishmaster 4 © 2001 Wishmaster 4 Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Catalog Release

Rating: R for strong violence/gore, sexuality and some language.

Genre: Horror

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English SDH

Feature Run Time: 92 Minutes

Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™

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THE GATE: 80s Cult Classic Arrives On Limited-Edition Blu-ray On February 28th!

THE GATE: 80s Cult Classic Arrives On Limited-Edition Blu-ray On February 28th!

The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes unspeakable horrors when The Gate arrives for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on February 28 from Lionsgate. When two suburban kids accidentally open a portal filled with pint-sized demons hell-bent on taking over the planet, it’s up to them to seal the gateway and save mankind! The Gate features all-new, never-before-seen featurettes and audio commentary. A must-have for all classic horror fans, The Gate limited-edition Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen’s backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate — an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what evil they’ve released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it’s now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever . . . if it’s not too late.

SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • Audio Commentaries:

o   Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook

o   Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor

  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composers Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson
  • Featurettes:

o   “The Gate: Unlocked”

o   “Minion Maker”

o   “From Hell It Came”

o   “The Workman Speaks!”

o   “Made in Canada”

o   “From Hell: The Creatures & Demons of The Gate

o   “The Gatekeepers”

o   “Making of The Gate

  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery

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Zombie Horror Classic ‘Return of the Living Dead 3’ To Hit Blu-ray On November 22nd!

Zombie Horror Classic ‘Return of the Living Dead 3’ To Hit Blu-ray On November 22nd!

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Love never dies! The Vestron Video Collector’s Series goes beyond the grave when the zombie horror classic Return of the Living Dead 3 arrives on limited-edition Blu-ray™ for the first time on November 22 from Lionsgate. Watch all of the terror in high definition when Curt transforms his girlfriend into a flesh-eating monster after her accidental death, in order to fulfill their pact to love each other forever! The Return of the Living Dead 3 Blu-ray includes all-new special features, including an audio commentary with Actress Melinda Clarke and Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Rainone; a conversation with Director Brian Yuzna and Screenwriter John Penney; and interviews with Special Effects Artists Steve Johnson and Chris Nelson and Editor/Post-Production Supervisor Christopher Roth, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

In Return of the Living Dead: Part II, the chemical Trioxin turned people into flesh-eating zombies. Now, the government is trying to control these unstoppable cannibalistic killers in Return of the Living Dead 3. When a young man uses the chemical to bring his girlfriend back to life after a motorcycle accident, she is driven to eat the only thing that will nourish her…human brains! She tries to stop her own feeding frenzy but a chain reaction has already begun, as hordes of undead are unleashed from their graves!

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna
  • Audio Commentary with Actress Melinda Clarke and Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Rainone
  • “Ashes to Ashes” – A Conversation with Director Brian Yuzna and Screenwriter John Penney
  • “Living Dead Girl” – An Interview with Actress Melinda Clarke
  • “Romeo Is Bleeding” – An Interview with Actor J. Trevor Edmond
  • “Trimark & Trioxin” – Interviews with Production Excecutive David Tripet and Editor Chris Roth
  • “The Resurrected Dead” – Interviews with Special Effects Designers Steve Johnson and Chris Nelson
  • Still Gallery

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 1992

Title Copyright: Return of the Living Dead 3  © 1992 Trimark Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2016 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: Unrated

Genre: Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English SDH

Feature Run Time: 97 minutes

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation

Blu-ray Audio: Original 2.0 Stereo Audio

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There Can Be Only One! ‘Highlander 30th Anniversary Edition’ Hits Blu-ray On 9/27!

There Can Be Only One! ‘Highlander 30th Anniversary Edition’ Hits Blu-ray On 9/27!

Highlander-2016-1In the end, there can only be one! The Highlander 30th Anniversary edition is slated to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD September 27 from Lionsgate. Starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, relive the sci-fi epic that launched a TV franchise and captivated millions of fans worldwide! The 30th Anniversary edition features never-before-seen interviews with director Russell Mulcahy and actor Christopher Lambert, a brand-new “making of” documentary, deleted scenes, and audio commentary with director Russell Mulcahy. The Highlander 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.99 and $14.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the original cult classic that inspired movie and TV franchises! An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponents, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize.”

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • The Making of Highlander
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interviews with Director Russell Mulcahy and Actor Christopher Lambert
  • Archival Interview with Actor Christopher Lambert
  • Audio Commentary by Director Russell Mulcahy

*Subject to change

CAST
Christopher Lambert – Mortal Kombat, Fortress
Roxanne Hart – The Verdict, TV’s “Chicago Hope”
Clancy Brown – The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers
Sean Connery – Dr. NoThe Hunt for Red October

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Blue Mountain State Lives! — Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano & Eric Falconer Speak!

Blue Mountain State Lives! — Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano & Eric Falconer Speak!

The Blue Mountain State Dream Team: Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano and Eric Falconer

The Blue Mountain State Dream Team: Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano and Eric Falconer

‘Blue Mountain State’ has had a long strange journey as a comedy series. The franchise launched as a television show in 2010. The comedy served as Spike’s first original scripted series, and despite it’s late night time slot, it went on to air for three seasons before it’s untimely cancellation in 2012. However, when the show moved to Netflix, it began to garner more attention. It’s unique brand of comedy quickly earned the series a dedicated cult following. Eric Falconer, the creator of the series, launched a crowdfunding campaign in early 2014 to help finance its feature-length film. The project closed on Kickstarter at over $1.9 million in funding with the backing of 23,999 rabid fans. Armed with a cast of beloved, over-the-top characters, the stage was set for a triumphant return. However, keeping “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” on the rails while bringing it from script to screen was an adventure unto itself (and that is putting it mildly). Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the driving forces behind the film, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano and Eric Falconer, to discuss their epic journey in filmmaking!

“Blue Mountain State” had a roller coaster ride from the time it debuted to the release of “Blue Mountain State: Rise of Thadland.” What is it about the show and its characters that resonates with the fans?

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A must-see for comedy fans.

Chris Romano: I think people come to show to because of the characters themselves. I know when I find myself getting sucked into a series it is because it has great characters. I think that is what initially sparked people’s interest.

Alan Ritchson: I also think there is a wish fulfillment aspect of the show and with this movie, especially the movie. The movie, at its core, is a giant party movie. I think “Blue Mountain State” has always provided fans with a sense of escapism and wish fulfillment. When the series first came out, it debuted during the recent recession. A lot of the TV shows that were coming out at the time, like “Better Off Ted,” “Fired” and “Canned,” were all about people losing their lives. We came out with this big, crazy show that was about football, college, girls, parties and fun, which was something people really responded to. I think the movie, “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” is that times 10! It is a giant, wish fulfillment, party movie and I think that is something that is largely missing from cinema and television today. I think people really respond to it for that reason.

The process of making this film a reality was fan support through Kickstarter. What were the pros and cons of the process?

Alan Ritchson: Right off the bat, I can say you are speaking in past tense, as if that was an experience that we had. In reality, it is an experience we are still having, if that gives you any sense of what that has been like for us. The pros are that we had confirmation that our fan base was there and were behind us. They wanted this so bad that they were willing to pre-pay for it, essentially. The cons are, and unless you do a Kickstarter campaign you can’t know, how challenging it becomes. We have essentially had to become a full-time retail, manufacturing and fulfillment store with little more than the three of us and a couple of our most faithful assistants. It is an incredibly challenging undertaking and it is still going on today. It has been really, really tough but it helped us get this movie made in a way where we could tell the story how we wanted without studios or financiers involved to say, “No, we aren’t going to shoot that.” It is the best and worst of that world.

Making a film under any circumstances is a huge task. Were there goals you had for this film when entering into the process?

Alan Ritchson: I think we wanted to tell a story that both satisfied the craving for more of these characters, like Romanski mentioned, for the fans. One thing that was always really important to us was that we make a movie that grows beyond the existing fan base. This is a movie we want everybody to be able to enjoy, anyone who wants to sit back and be entertained by a bunch of crazy characters in a crazy party movie. That is who we made this for. We did have to make some tweaks to the film here or there. We wanted to bring down the football element just a little bit because internationally people don’t relate to American football in the same way we do here. There is a little less of that in the film, which also makes it a little easier to produce because it is tough content and expensive content to shoot. We also have a lot of content behind us that people have responded to and characters, moments and lines the people love and we wanted to give them more of that. With this film, we were able to bring the best of the show to film. We hope that in doing that we are satisfying the fans that exist but will bring in a whole new legion of people who love comedy.

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Did you have a direction in mind when you decided to go the movie route? Was it a no-brainier or were there a few concepts thrown around?

Chris Romano: We wrote quite a few different versions of this movie. It changed quite a bit, so we sort of had a direction but we also had to write toward the amount of money we had to work with.

Eric Falconer: We had definitely written our green version of the script and were working on that. We did the budget for that script and it came in at about $18 million. At that point, we had only raised about 2 million. We really had to rework things and make sure that every penny went on to the screen. The money was definitely a big factor in how we approached it. One of the ways we landed on the giant party movie idea, rather than some other ideas, was really the money as well. Most of the movie takes place in one location, the massive party, and we were able to shoot that out and spend the money in one spot, as opposed to moving our crew back and forth between locations. In doing that, we were able to spend the money we saved on extras, props and cast to blow out the heart of the movie.

You all tackled different roles in making this film, both in front of and behind the camera. What were the biggest challenges you faced along the way?

Eric Falconer: This is a movie where everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. We faced challenges from the absolute get-go. Even just trying to convince Lionsgate to allow us to make a movie was a challenge. They had closed the book on “Blue Mountain State.” They said that they weren’t interested in the movie, initially, because they didn’t have any data. All the data they had to go on for this movie was Spike TV’s Nielsen ratings, which are archaic and we were on TV Tuesday nights at 11 o’clock. I don’t think the ratings really reflected what our actual fan base was at the time. It was actually Ed Marinaro, who plays Coach Daniels in the movie, who hounded Lionsgate until they were like, “Ed. If you stop calling us, we will let you make the movie.” [laughs] They gave him a little piece of paper that said that essentially but it had no teeth. That is when Alan Ritchson took it and really ran with it. Alan was the biggest driving force behind this entire movie. With all of us, and Alan especially, it was like rolling a cubed Boulder up Mount Everest. The entire filmmaking process was so hard, it is hard to pick one specific thing that was the biggest challenge. It was everything from raising the money to, once the Kickstarter campaign was completed, our fulfillment company not coming through and the resulting lawsuit. We had our initial investor back out on us. We even had to change the state we were filming in because our script was so crazy it got rejected by South Carolina. Two weeks into prep, we had to pack everything up and move up to North Carolina where we were allowed to shoot our movie with a tax incentive. Every step along the way was a huge challenge, as you can see!

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What were the highlights of bringing “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” to life?

Eric Falconer: For me it was the first day of shooting. That is when it became real. We had been talking numbers, Kickstarter, investors, travel and all kinds of things and then, all of a sudden, the cameras were actually rolling and the cast was all back together. We were finally shooting this huge crazy movie that we couldn’t believe we were getting away with! That was the highlight for me, the first day of shooting when Darin Brooks reprised the role of Alex Moran, Alan became Thad again and Romanski became Sammy again. To have all these guys together again making a project we were really passionate about was a truly incredible experience. It made all of these challenges worth it!

Alan Ritchson: For me, the set life was really rough. We were all wearing a lot of hats. We had a financier who we feel had misrepresented himself and never put the money in that he had contracted with us to do. He left us high and dry and spent a lot of our money. We, in desperation, had to turn to Lionsgate and they saved us. They saved this movie. They really had no stake in it. I called them and said, “We are in a really dire situation. We’re in one of those horror story moments that people talk about where a financier doesn’t put the money in when they said they would. If we don’t get money to finish this film right now, we are going to run out. Everyone will have to go home and we will not have a movie. We will never be able to bring it back because we have spent everything on our end already.” Lionsgate saved us. They basically said, “How much do you need?” They gave us what we needed in record time for a distribution deal and it kept us going. That experience on set was so unbelievably stressful! I was dealing with those situations while also trying to be Thad. You hear drug addicts about how they blacked out for three years of their life. I have heard that and thought, “How does that happen? You remember some of it!” I don’t remember much of set life on this film! It was all sort of black for me. Recently, we were putting the bonus and extra features together. We hired our editors and they were putting all of this really cool footage together from bloopers to outtakes. They were sending it to us to approve for the extras and I didn’t remember any of it! [laughs] I didn’t remember saying or doing any of this stuff! That encapsulates my experience! It has been such a whirlwind. Last night, at the world premiere in Los Angeles, was the moment I finally felt the fans finally got their movie. They have been waiting for this forever. It has been hard to get this to them and they have been more than patient in waiting. People don’t often realize how long it takes to make a movie and how long it takes to shoot, post and launch it. A lot of them think we are crooks and walked away with their money. It has been very frustrating on that front but here we were last night at the world premiere and all of our most dedicated fans showed up and applauded! They had a lot of respect for the film. It feels so real to me now. It is fan approved! They loved it and seeing them enjoy it was the quintessential moment for me in the entire process.

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Seeing everything you went through, I have to ask, would you do it all over again? If so, are there plans for more “Blue Mountain State” in the future?

Chris Romano: Yeah! It may sound crazy but I would do it again! Obviously, now we are hip to the things that didn’t work and what did work. I would do it in a heartbeat! Getting together with these guys and making this movie was so inspiring. It is something we wanted to do for a long, long time. It is infectious and you just want to keep shooting more “Blue Mountain State.” After last night, these fans want to see more, whether it is a movie or TV. They are craving it. That just gets me excited to make more!

bms-interview-2016-7Alan Ritchson: The first one is the hardest in a lot of respects in life. This one was the hardest. We had to prove to a lot of people that there is an audience and a need for this content. Fighting for the fans is really what we have been doing for the past couple of years. Now that the fight is coming to a close and people can enjoy it, there is going to be new information about how big our audience has gotten because of Netflix. That is something we can’t measure because Netflix doesn’t share that information but we will find out pretty soon just how much we have grown in popularity based on the sales of this movie. We have a gentleman’s agreement with Lionsgate. They are really behind us now and have been great partners in this. Based on our conversations, if this film does well, we are going to find a way to make more, whether it is movies, TV or both. We are really hoping this does well and we want to come back for more. I don’t think it will ever be as hard as it was because we now have the full support and backing of Lionsgate if it does well. We are excited to hopefully bring new content to the fans beyond this film.

You poured your blood, sweat and tears into this project to bring a dream into reality. That is very inspiring. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

Chris Romano: Just to put all of your trust into everyone. Trust everybody! [laughs] If they say it, they’re gonna do it! [laughs] Honestly, what we learned is that if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. We learned that the hardest way possible but through doing that we learned how to make a movie. Doing it yourself is sometimes the best way to go if you want it done the best way possible.

Alan Ritchson: I totally agree. This is going to sound very cliche but the big takeaway for all of us is to never, ever, ever take no for an answer. If you have a dream or a hope for something, it doesn’t matter how many people say no or don’t show interest, never take no for an answer. If you are utterly relentless, are willing to do the hard work and carry the load, you can do anything you set your mind to. The experience of making this film is a testament to never taking no for an answer and never giving up. We never gave up. As hard as it got at times and as many times as we sat there feeling completely exhausted, disenfranchised and wondering if we should even keep trying, we kept going. And now here we are at the finish line. It is all because of that tenacity and the never-say-die attitude that got us here.

You guys have a great vibe going with all you created. Do you see yourselves working together on future projects outside the world of “Blue Mountain State?”

Alan Ritchson: That is really nice of you to say. We actually just had a conversation about this yesterday. We have been so inundated with BMS. It has been years and it has really taken all of our energy to get this done and hopefully get it done right. I don’t think this will be the last time you hear from us. The way that we work together builds off each other’s strengths. As a unit, I think it makes us a really powerful force, especially in this brand of comedy. I think it is likely we are going to get something else going. We have another idea we would like to make our focus for our next film. It is the same brand of brave comedy that really no one else is doing right now. It has no agenda, it’s just an absolute riotous time. It is in that same vein. I think, very soon, we may be getting that off the ground.

Thanks so much for your time today guys! It has been amazing to get an inside look at all that went into making this film a reality! We wish you the best of luck with it and on future outings!

‘Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thailand’ is now available on Digital HD and VOD. For more visit www.bluemountainstatefilm.com

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