Jenn Wexler’s THE RANGER unspools at the
Portland Horror Film Festival TONIGHT!
6:30 PM @ The Hollywood Theatre
Jenn Wexler’s THE RANGER unspools at the
THE RANGER wins Best Soundtrack at the Fantaspoa Film Festival!!
Director Jenn Wexler and Music Supervisor Middagh Goodwin sit with From & Inspired By podcast to discuss THE RANGER.
From the Podcast: “Director Jenn Wexler’s debut feature, The Ranger, is a fun but brutal movie about a bunch of punks who hole up in a cabin while on the lam, only to be stalked and killed by a psychotic park ranger. It’s been getting a lot of acclaim from everyone I know who’s seen it, so I reached out via Twitter, especially after reading a piece music supervisor Middagh Goodwin wrote for the Modesto View, running down all the great bands he’d lined up for the film.
After watching the movie, I was even more excited to talk with Wexler and Goodwin, and I think it comes through in the interview. We get very goofy, and it’s a damn blast.”
This weekend THE RANGER heads to Fantaspoa in Brazil!
Catch our South American premiere on Friday night with director Jenn Wexler in person,
followed Saturday morning by a master class in film production!
Also unspooling in Brazil, GEP pal Ted Geoghegan’s MOHAWK. Show starts TONIGHT!
Not only is The Ranger a return in form to the 90’s slashers but it’s also a glorious revisitation to the punk horrors of the 80’s and Wexler and company capture the tone and look of the period beautifully (helped made possible by the raddest punk/producer Heather Buckley). The cast all look the part, sporting realistic gear and listening to an insane playlist including bands like Rotten U.K., Fang, The Atom Age, and at least a half-dozen more that will have you headbanging along with the characters on screen. The van they travel in is a rolling love letter to Return of The Living Dead and every frame oozes punk aesthetic. The juxtaposition of punk leather and color against the backdrop of the national park is surreal but mesmerizing and you won’t be able to look away. The parallel between this film and Green Room is sure to be made and The Ranger stands shoulder to shoulder with it as a return to punks on film.
June 13-16, 2018 Portland Oregon’s premiere festival of international cinematic terror and dark fantasy.
A 4-day film festival featuring the best independent short and feature horror films from around the world.
“The Ranger” is a damn fine 1980s throwback slasher that does every facet of the genre just a little better than you might expect. That’s not necessarily enough to earn a recommendation – enough movies are made about folks getting cut up with an axe every year that even with a 95% failure rate, that’s a fair amount of “pretty decent” – but Jenn Wexler hits the sweet spot here, making a movie that’s got something on its mind aside from the genre itself but still manages to be bloody and entertaining before everything else.
The murderously obsessive title character of Jenn Wexler’s THE RANGER has his eye on a group of young punks who trespass in his woods, as seen in a new foreign sales poster. We’ve got the exclusive first look.
The poster comes from Octane Entertainment, which has picked up select worldwide sales rights to THE RANGER and will rep it at this month’s Cannes Film Festival. “THE RANGER is a fun and wild ride of punk-rock-infused horror that fits perfectly within our brand,” says Octane’s Jack Campbell. “We’re excited to be working with this team of professionals and can’t wait to introduce the film to our buyers in Cannes.” Adds Wexler, who directed the film and scripted it with Giaco Furino, “It’s been a thrill to share the film with festival audiences around the country. We’re so excited to team up with Octane to introduce THE RANGER to the world.”
Andrew van den Houten, horror veteran Larry Fessenden, Ashleigh Snead, Heather Buckley and Jenn Wexler produced the story of teen punks on the run from the law who face off against an unhinged park ranger.
Chloë Levine (The Transfiguration), Jeremy Holm (Mr. Robot), Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, and Amanda Grace Benitez (School Of Rock) star in the SXSW Midnighters selection. First-timer Wexler directed from a screenplay she co-wrote with Giaco Furino.
“It’s been a thrill to share the film with festival audiences around the country,” Wexler said. “We’re so excited to team up with Octane to introduce The Ranger to the world.”
Fessenden added: “It has been gratifying to see Wexler move from being a fierce advocate for other directors’ visions through her stint producing movies at Glass Eye Pix, to taking on the challenge of getting her own unique vision on screen with The Ranger. I am so proud to see her continue the mission of pushing the boundaries and expectations of genre filmmaking, and this was the perfect collaboration for Glass Eye Pix and Hood River.”
“I’m thrilled to have produced The Ranger with such an amazingly talented team of artists,” van den Houten said. “It was a thrill working with fearless, freshman director Jenn Wexler and cannot wait for adoring horror fans all over the world to witness her entertaining and groundbreaking perspective of the punk rock slasher.”
“The Ranger is a fun and wild ride of punk rock infused horror that fits perfectly within our brand,” Octane Entertainment’s Jack Campbell added. “We’re excited to be working with this team of professionals and can’t wait to introduce the film to our buyers in Cannes.”
Campbell brokered the deal with 79th & Broadway Entertainment’s van den Houten on behalf of the production companies.
You know those hokey old low-budget after-school specials in which Smokey Bear told you that only you could prevent forest fires — which was technically true, if only in the sense that you had no intention of ever stepping foot in a forest? Well, what if you watched a bunch of those in a row while having a bad acid trip? The director and co-writer of The Ranger admitted to being inspired by the former, and we can only assume that the latter was involved as well.
“a film that has a lot of affection for both the punk community and the history of horror
and wants to be a new entry into both those worlds.”
– Rue Morgue
“an off-beat and exciting new icon of horror.”
“Levine and Holm anchor the film, bringing a sort of
anti-chemistry that is terrific fun to behold.”
– Daily Grindhouse
“Nostalgia done right.”
– Ghastly Grinning
“I absolutely enjoyed this move. Each character’s unique attitudes and personalities making me love
and hate them all at the same time. Not just with the writing, but the cast was great
and were all believable in their roles.”
– Nightmarish Conjurings