By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The latest collaboration between Canada’s Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films (in partnership with WarnerMedia Entertainment’s Particular Crowd) is a satirical serial-murder saga with some familiar faces.
VICIOUS FUN will have its world premiere this month at Spain’s Sitges Film Festival, playing in the Panorama Fantastic section on opening night. Directed by Cody Calahan (THE OAK ROOM) from a screenplay by James Villeneuve, it stars David Koechner (CHEAP THRILLS), Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, OAK ROOM’S Ari Millen, Julian Richings (WRONG TURN, CUBE), Robert Maillet (THE STRAIN) and Sean Baek. The synopsis: “The film follows Joel [Marsh], a caustic 1980s film critic for a national horror magazine, who finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming their next victim.”
“VICIOUS FUN was hands-down the most entertaining set I’ve ever been on,” Calahan says. “It was an extremely collaborative process right across the board, from the talent on the screen to the talent behind the scenes. We wanted to make something nostalgic, hilarious, and a film that was just flat-out fun. I think we accomplished that.”
“We’re incredibly excited to unveil VICIOUS FUN as part of this year’s Sitges lineup,” adds Breakthrough’s Chris Benn. “When you can take an eclectic cast such as this one and drop them into a world full of neon hues, generous blood splatter and ’80s synth rock–well, that’s just a cool time at the movies. VICIOUS FUN is a blast!”