Monday, September 12, 2011

Slime City Massacre goes digital

UPDATE! We just received word today (Oct 28) that Slime City Massacre's limited theatrical run starts in select cities today! The same day we get to chat with Brooke in The Basement for our Halloween Spooktacular 2! Check local listings to see if it's showing in a theatre near you!!

The biggest benefit of being in The Basement is meeting all kinds of cool people, and few have been cooler than Brooke Lewis!

I spent the morning interviewing Brooke, who won The Golden Cob Award for Best Scream Queen for her performance in the 2010 sci-fi/horror film Slime City Massacre, for our upcoming Halloween special on Oct. 28. We had a blast. She's funny, sexy, talented and pulls no punches . . . everything a Scream Queen needs to be. Fans are going to have a great time this Halloween.

Slime City Massacre hit DVD in May courtesy of Shriek Now. However, IndieFilmNet's new Cinema Meets Horror midnight movie-flavored series is about to release it in as many as 60 digital theaters in North America. Based in Montreal, IFN offers programming to a network of 50 digital cinemas in the US, 10 in Canada, and additional theaters around the world.  Although IFN specializes in art house fare such as documentaries, operas, and repertory classics, the company has already programmed such grindhouse fare as Hobo With A Shotgun and El Monstro Del Mar! with success.

"The media landscape has changed so drastically that the release pattern for independent films is changing as well," says Gregory Lamberson, who wrote and directed Slime City Massacre and the original Slime City back in 1988.

The original Slime City developed its reputation as a midnight movie back in 1988, but it only played at one theater in New York City for five weekends.  IFN will offer SCM to theaters, which can screen it whenever they want, says Lambertson.  Because the theater owners have the unique flexibility to customize the release to their need, the filmmakers don't have to worry about a make or break opening weekend.

"It's the digital age equivalent of a drive-in run," he said.

Slime City Massacre stars Debbie Rochon (Best Actress, the Eerie Horror Film Festival), Brooke Lewis (Best Scream Queen, the B Movie Celebration), and author Kealan Patrick Burke (Best Actor, the PollyGrind Film Festival), with appearances by Roy Frumkes and Lloyd Kaufman.  The film had its world premiere at the Beloit International Film Festival, and won the Biggest Baddest Mother of the PollyGrind and the Polished Apple Award for Best Sequel.

Keep your eyes peeled for this bad boy in case it hits a theatre near you. And you know we're going to catch it in The Basement and share our thoughts!

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