All-digital distribution company SpectiCast has acquired limited theatrical rights for Richard Shenkman's Mischief Night. The recently completed home-invasion thriller will premiere on screens everywhere on October 30, 2013 (popularly known as “Mischief Night”) for a one-time theatrical event on the very same night the film takes place.
Mischief Night tells the story of a terrifying home invasion on the evening before Halloween. Emily Walton, a young woman suffering from psychosomatic blindness ever since the car accident that took her mother’s life, must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder.
“When we were putting this project together, our hope was to land a good home video distributor to release the movie, and were excited when Image / RLJ Entertainment acquired the picture before we even began production,” says Richard Schenkman who co-wrote, directed, and co-produced the film. “But once we completed the film, we felt we had something very special that exceeded all our expectations, something that went beyond just a direct-to-video movie.”
Co-producer Eric D. Wilkinson agrees, “We ended up creating something that my fellow producers, Richard, Jesse [Baget] and I all felt should be a shared experience in a dark theater with an audience. We are thrilled that SpectiCast, a leader in event cinema distribution, has become our theatrical partner.”
Mark Rupp, Co-founder and President of SpectiCast concurs, “When I saw the film, I just loved it. These guys had made a sharp, suspenseful, edgy thriller that was a throwback to some of the legendary horror films of the 1970’s like Wait Until Dark and John Carpenter’s Halloween.” Rupp is equally excited for the timing of the theatrical release, adding, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Carpenter’s classic than going to the theater on October 30th and reliving the communal experience of seeing a scary movie on the eve of the scariest holiday of the year! Plus, as a guy who grew up perpetrating – I mean enjoying -- Mischief Night, I want to spread the word.”
The film’s talented ensemble cast is led by experienced young actress Noell Coet (Cowgirls n’ Angels, 5 Time Champion), and also includes veteran actor Daniel Hugh Kelly (AS THE WORLD TURNS, RYAN'S HOPE), Charlie O’Connell (Dude, Where’s My Car, Cruel Intentions), Erica Leerhsen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Ally Walker (SONS OF ANARCHY, SANTA BARBARA), Stephanie Erb (The Ring, Starship Troopers), Richard Riehle (Bridesmaids) Adam C. Edwards (Flight) and Ian Bamberg (Second Time Around).
The theatrical distribution deal for Mischief Night was negotiated by Richard Schenkman for Ruthless Pictures and GMI Films, and Mark Rupp, Co-founder and President, for SpectiCast.
SpectiCast markets and distributes the finest 2D & 3D programs using the industry's most advanced technologies to over 1,500 theaters in 24 countries on six continents. Their fast growing slate includes a great selection of "event cinema" and alternative content, along with some of the best specialty film programs including the Manhattan Short Film Festival, the Women's Edge Film Series and the Laugh Out Loud Film Festival, just to name a few. SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in Philadelphia, PA.
Following the film’s theatrical release, Image Entertainment (a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment plans to release the film on DVD, VOD and Digital in the fourth quarter of 2013.