Seven Blue Rider Films Air on CableTV in January 2015In January 2015, seven films produced and/or financed by Blue Rider are airing on North American cable television. Escape drama RESCUE DAWN (starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn) airs on Epix Drive-in. Sexy thriller SURVIVAL ISLAND (Kelly Brock, Billy Zane)screens on Showtime Extreme. Drama ASYLUM (Natasha Richardson, Hugh Bonneville)can be seen on Flix. Urban drama BACK IN THE DAY (Ving Rhames, Pam Grier) plays on both Encore Blockbusters and Encore Action. Poker drama DEAL (Burt Reynolds, Shannon Elizabeth)can be viewed on Showtime Extreme. Heist film THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN (Burt Reynolds, Tom Berenger) unspools on Flix. And missing-girl drama THE FLOCK (Richard Gere, Claire Danes) screens on Lifetime Movie Network.
Hollywood Classics to Distrib 6 Blue Rider FilmsHollywood Classics currently distributes more than 130 films, from 1915’s Birth of a Nation to 2011’s Running with Demons. Their list includes such classic movies as One-Eyed Jacks, Two Women, The Sundowners, Little Shop of Horror, Beat the Devil, The Outlaw, Scarlet Street and Reefer Madness. Now Blue Rider has given distribution rights to Hollywood Classics on six films BR owns: one it executive produced, four it helped finance and one it both exec produced and helped fund.
SLOW BURN is a thriller starring James Spader, Minnie Driver and Josh Brolin. NUMB, starring Matthew Perry, Mary Steenburgen and Kevin Pollack, is a psychological comedy-drama. THE CLOWN AT MIDNIGHT is a Christopher Plummer/Margot Kidder horror flick. VEILED TRUTH is an Emanuelle Vaugier/Bruce Ramsay thriller. Billy Zane and Mark Dacascos head the cast of sci-fi film ALIEN AGENT. And the thriller CANES stars Edward Furlong and Michael Madsen.
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.
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."
The Big Bang, Starring Banderas Out on DVD and in TheatresThe $17 million action mystery thriller THE BIG BANG--starring Antonio Banderas, Sienna Guillory, William Fichtner, Sam Elliott, Delroy Lindo, Thomas Kretschmann and Rebecca Mader--was bridge-financed by Blue Rider. It opened in the U.S. on May 13, 2011 and had 2011 debuts in Poland (DVD), Chile, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Paraguay, Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, Sweden and Uruguay. The North American DVD came out on May 24, 2011. It is due to bow in Portugal on Sept. 6, 2012. Through June 18, 2012 more than 60.4% of the 4,076 people rating it at the Internet Movie Database gave it thumbs up.