Eight Blue Rider Films Air on Cable TV in September 2015In September 2015, eight films produced and/or financed by Blue Rider are airing on North American cable television. Desert thriller SLOW BURN (starring Minnie Driver, James Spader and Josh Brolin) can be seen on Showtime Extreme and Showtime Too. Escape drama RESCUE DAWN (Christian Bale, Steve Zahn) airs on MGM and also on DISH Studio Channel 102. Heist drama THE TAKE (John Leguziamo, Tyrese Gibson) can be seen on Encore and Encore Blockbusters. Golf comedy WHO'S YOUR CADDY? (Big Boi) airs on BET. Gangsta drama BACK IN THE DAY (Ja Rule, Ving Rhames) is shown on Encore Blockbusters and Starz Action. Sports actioner A WARRIOR'S HEART (Kellen Lutz, Gabrielle Anwar) appears on Uplifting Entertainment. Horror classic WISHMASTER 4: THE PROPHECY FULFILLED(Tara Spencer-Nairn) pops up on MoMax. And revenge action film WAKE OF DEATH (Jean-Claude Van Damme) airs on Unimas West.
Netflix Suggests Our Films NUMB and, A WARRIOR'S HEARTNetflix regularly recommends movies to its millions of subscribers, and recently a pair of Blue Rider pictures were mentioned. In the Independent Comedy category they suggested NUMB, starring Matthew Perry. Netflix wrote: "Obsessive loner Hudson Milbank (Matthew Perry) is an emotionally deadened screenwriter who seeks salvation from his libidinous psychiatrist (Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen) -- until he meets Sara (Lynn Collins), who might be the only one who can save him from himself. Kevin Pollak co-stars in this romantic comedy from writer-director Harris Goldberg that shows off Perry's trademark satirical sensibilities."
A WARRIORS HEART was tipped in the Independent Drama, thus: "Unable to cope with his military father's sudden death in combat, quick-tempered teen, Conor, starts getting into serious trouble. During an intense lacrosse camp, his father's old friend challenges Conor to get his life on track and become a man." It stars Kellen Lutz, Gabrielle Anwar and Adam Beach.
KEITH is One of BuzzFeed's 45 Hidden Netflix Gems You Should SeeBuzzFeed just released its list of 45 hidden Netflix gems you should see, and 2007 teen romantic drama KEITH, on which Blue Rider was a lender, is included. Other must-see's on the list are MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES, THE PARADISE, DOC MARTIN, THE KILLING, THE HUNT and CALL THE MIDWIFE.
KEITH stars former teen heart-throb Jesse McCartney, Elizabeth Harnois (C.S.I.) and and Jennifer Grey (Golden Globe nomination for DIRTY DANCING). It tells of a teen queen who thinks she knows it all until she meets a new male student with a secret.
Netflix rated it four stars (that's high) and five of the first seven member reviewers on the site (http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70111502?trkid=13752289) gave it five stars (perfect).
One wrote: "Funny. Emotional. Heartbreaking. One of those movies that leaves you with a frown in your face and teary eyes... I haven't felt such an emotional connection to a movie since the Notebook. That says it all... I was NOT expecting such beauty and such depth from this movie... This is NOT a teen movie but a movie about teens in some of the most troubled aspects of life.. I just loved it and felt it all the way. Spectacular acting for the main protagonist."
Rescue Dawn Makes EW's 50 Best Films ListWerner Herzog's RESCUE DAWN, which Blue Rider helped finance and which Jeff Geoffray and Walter Josten associate produced, was recently selected number 41 on Entertaiment Weekly's "50 Best Movies You Never Saw" list.
Director Discusses Blue Rider's LEPRECHAUN PicturesAt http://trailersfromhell.com/sharknado-leprechaun/#.VCig1C5dWRr director Brian Trenchard-Smith, of the Blue Rider cult films Leprechaun 3 aned Leprechaun 4, says:
"Blue Rider Pictures, for whom I had made NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2, were asked by Trimark to produce the third and, at that stage, the intended last in the series. Send the little guy to Vegas, the capital of greed and broken dreams – was the concept, but Trimark only wanted to spend $1.2M, 300K less than LEP 2. So together with Blue Rider principals Jeff Geoffray and Walter Josten, I had to do some clever production planning. First step was to re-write the script to fit LA’s Ambassador Hotel as a seedy Vegas casino where we would shoot for 14 days.
"LEP 3 shipped 55,000 units, making it the highest selling independent direct to video of 1995. So the marketplace demanded another. LEPRECHAUN 4 IN SPACE cost 1.6 M. It was profitable, but shipped about 40,000 units, a drop from LEP 3, the result of my favoring parody over horror. But it did not kill the franchise. However Trimark never hired me again. With creative risk comes the potential for failure, but we gotta try… Nearly two decades later, Vegas and Space are still making people laugh at moments unlikely to be repeated in the history of Cinema. It gives me satisfaction to know that Lionsgate, who acquired the franchise, have a nice little St. Paddy’s Day earner for the rest of time."
Director signings of WITCHBOARD and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS Hugely SuccessfulAt Los Angeles specialty video store Dark Delicacies, director Kevin Tenney recently held two highly popular signings of a pair of his cult '80s horror films, recently released on Blu-ray. At one, 100 copies of NIGHT OF THE DEMONS were signed and sold in 20 minutes. At the other, 100 copies of WITHCH BOARD went in 90 minutes. At both events, lines ran down the sidewalk, and some fans had to be disappointed.