Anchor Bay Entertainment UK and Anchor Bay Entertainment USA have acquired the film for a Spring 2005 DVD release, simultaneously in the UK, US and Canada.
The disc promises to boast a wealth of bonus-features as well as a remastered version of the film itself.
The film is no stranger to horror-movie fans in the UK and USA as it has been causing quite a stir when shown at conventions, genre festivals and college tours, (including Montreal’s FanTasia Festival, Manchester’s Festival Of Fantastic Films and The Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival where the movie won an award).
Freak Out has received unanimously stellar reviews from almost every established genre movie website and fanzine. Amongst it’s supporters the film can count acclaimed director Mick Garris as one of it’s fans; ‘a wild, woolly sledgehammer to the face of Hollywood conformity!’ declared Mick. ‘Astoundingly funny!’ says Film Threat. ‘I loved every minute’ cries BBC Radio 1. A bizarre achievement when you consider the lowly roots from where the film began.
It’s been almost 4 years since the camera started rolling on Freak Out. The film was shot in Southern England. It was shot on 16mm film.
The passage of time from beginning to completion was lengthy as shooting only took place when money was in the bank, when money ran out, shooting halted until further investment could be found and so on.
Freak Out is the brainchild of Beyond Therapy Entertainment who primarily consist of threesome Christian James, Dan Palmer and Yazz Fetto. Freak Out was written by James and Palmer, it was directed by James and stars both Palmer and Fetto.
The entire cast and crew were all first time filmmakers with no industry contacts whatsoever. With a heady cocktail of ambition and naivety they just got on with making their fast paced, ludicrous movie which appeals to both comedy and horror nuts alike.
“I think I speak for everyone who had anything to do with Freak Out when I say we are totally erect…I mean…ecstatic about Anchor Bay picking up the movie” says Dan Palmer. “Anchor Bay couldn’t be better for Freak Out” director Christian James stated “they are the Rolls Royce of horror movie distributors, with the likes of The Evil Dead, Bad Taste, Halloween and Dawn Of The Dead they obviously KNOW their horror. But they have also corned the cult market with movies such as Withnail and I and Heathers”.
Freak Out was initially discovered and brought to the attention of Anchor Bay Big-Cheese; Mo Claridge by Martin Myers, son of acclaimed producer MICHAEL Myers, the man who launched Assault On Precinct 13. John Carpenter named the now legendary Halloween maniac after the man who kick-started his career! A strange turn of events when considering that Freak Out was greatly inspired by Carpenter’s work.
“This year alone we have travelled thousands of miles” explains Yazz Fetto “to festivals such as FanTasia in Montreal to Cannes and all over England taking Freak Out to university campuses and getting an amazing student response to the movie. It may not sound it, but at times it was pretty tough going and news like this has made every journey worth it.”
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