AMC’s dedicated genre streaming service Shudder has acquired Jenn Wexler’s punk rock slasher “The Ranger” which had its world premiere at South by Southwest festival in the Midnighters section. Shudder picked up North American, U.K., Australia/New Zealand and Germany/Austria rights. The deal was negotiated by Shudder’s Emily Gotto and 79th& Broadway Entertainment’s Andrew van den Houten, on behalf of Hood River Entertainment and Glass Eye Pix.
“Wexler has made a slasher movie that absolutely feels genuine
in everything from story to tone.”
“One of the best screening at this year’s event.”
– The Hollywood News
“Wexler has interpreted her influences thoughtfully
and inverted them cleverly.”
– AV Club
“A blazing, cathartic horror film that spirals into wild
and bloody depravity.”
– Biff Bam Pop
Jenn Wexler has perfectly captured not only the punk rock aesthetic,
but also the nuances of our beloved slasher genre.”
– Horror Fuel
“A well-made, entertaining throwback to the horror of yesteryear.”
– The Aisle Seat
“A must see that leaves genre fans howling.”
– Geeks of Doom
THE RANGER opens in NYC at the IFC Center tonight!
Opens in Los Angeles September 7th at Laemmle Music Hall!
Filmstage: “Like Chelsea, there’s a lot going on beneath the film’s surface. Wexler uses horror tropes as a mask for a poignant look at identity and finding the strength to wield it as a weapon rather than hiding it away to fit in. And she isn’t afraid to show this truth through the cracks of her jump scares and gore, letting characters like Garth play the fool so his moment of bald honesty when alone with Chelsea towards the end can resonate all the more. These kids are using their punk lifestyle as a means to escape too. But where they escaped from what they didn’t want and couldn’t be, she sought camouflage in hopes it would stick. It’s only fitting that violence would ultimately bring everything flooding back.”
Read review HERE.
Comicsverse: “These performance helps us to see Wexler’s ultimate point. Horror movie monsters aren’t as scary as the mundane monsters that sit in positions of authority in our everyday lives. THE RANGER is a more than a disposable throwback. It reinvents horror tropes into an insightful and rollicking midnight movie blast.”
Read full review HERE
NYC, join us for a special sneak preview screening on
Thursday August 16th at 9:30pm, at IFC Center.
From Entertainment Weekly: It was announced today that The Ranger will open in New York on Aug. 17 for a week-long run at the IFC Center and will play for another week at L.A.’s Laemmle Music Hall Theater from Sept. 7. Wexler’s film is also screening on the opening night of London’s FrightFest, Aug. 23.