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Made on a dare, gross-out sequel “DEMENTIA PART II” gets distribution

Monday, January 25, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The movie made it from conception to premiere in just one month, and now it’s headed for release.

Dark Star Pictures has announced its acquisition of North American rights to DEMENTIA PART II, as part of its pact with Bloody Disgusting. The movie will hit select theaters in late spring, followed by VOD/digital and DVD release in early summer. The production was launched when producers JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margules were dared to create a feature-length fright film that had to be completed in a month in order to premiere on the closing night of the Cinepocalypse Film Festival. The project they chose was a tongue-in-cheek sequel to Mike Testin’s 2015 chiller DEMENTIA; Testin and Matt Mercer wrote and directed PART II, with Mercer, Graham Skipper (ALMOST HUMAN, SEQUENCE BREAK), Najarra Townsend (CONTRACTED, THE STYLIST) and Suzanne Voss starring. The synopsis: “Suzanne wasn’t always this confused. She wasn’t always dead either… When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.”

“From the first conversation we had with Mike Repsch and the Dark Star team, we were excited to work with them,” say Mercer and Testin. “It felt like they were the right company to shepherd the gleefully slimy midnight antics of DEMENTIA PART II to audiences. We had fun making the movie, and in such an unconventional way, and are excited to work with such a cool and progressive distributor to unleash it on eyeballs.”

“DEMENTIA PART II is an immensely unique gross-out journey of a horror film and perfect addition to our Dark Star//Bloody Disgusting collaboration,” says Dark Star’s Michael Repsch. “From the inception of the project and how it was made to the putrid practical effects used, this is one that audiences should embrace and enjoy the ride.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.