At some point it’ll be easier to count the number of comedians that haven’t made a horror film. But given the critical and commercial success of filmmakers like Jordan Peele and John Krasinski, we don’t see this trend ending anytime soon. But hey– if we get more entries like this sophomore effort from Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), they can keep ’em coming for as long as they want!
Adapted from a 2010 graphic novel, Random Acts Of Violence follows Todd Walkley, played by Jesse Williams (Cabin In The Woods), the artist of a popular comic book, Slasherman. While on a journey for inspiration, Walkley soon discovers that a real killer is out there bringing the violent acts of his comic book to life. On the run with his wife, played by Jordana Brewster (The Fast And The Furious, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), and best friend (Baruchel), Walkley looks as though he has to contend with a possible crazed “superfan,” the cops, and coming face-to-face with the very real violence depicted in his own art.
Besides a high calibre cast, Baruchel’s follow-up film features a score by Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire, Black Lungs) and composer Andrew Gordon Macpherson (The Ranger). This meta-slasher promises to be a subversive summer event from our friends at Shudder, and a much welcome piece of art and entertainment. The red band trailer, below, teases a tense thriller with gruesome kills and unapologetic violence, and we can’t wait to get our eyes on it.
Random Acts of Violence will premiere in select Canadian theaters and on-demand July 31st, and streaming exclusively on Shudder in the US, UK, and Ireland on August 20, 2020.
What are the real consequences when life begins to imitate art? Comic book creator Todd Walkley, his wife Kathy, assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson) and best friend, Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra, embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con and bad things start to happen. People start getting killed.
It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using Todd’s “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for the killings and as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become victims themselves, Todd will be forced to take artistic responsibility.