If it’s the American Film Market, there has to be a deal for a zombie film.
And there is. Gravitas Ventures has bought domestic distribution for Mark Newton’s “Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies,” winner of “Goriest Film” at last week’s Fantastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego.
“’Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies’ has a great Southern vibe and gives a unique twist to the zombie film genre, with a little ‘Zombieland’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’ in the mix,” said Joshua Spector, director of acquisitions for Gravitas Ventures. “Plus, there’s a zombie horde, carnival mayhem, Southern rock and mad scientists. It’s a fun ride!”
Gravitas Ventures will release the film in North America in March. Cardinal XD represents the film for international sales and is fielding offers from foreign buyers for several territories at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. It announced the domestic deal Saturday.
“Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies” is set in the kudzu covered hills of Charleston, Miss., which is Morgan Freeman’s hometown. In the movie, the location is ground zero for testing of an experimental herbicide, which goes horribly wrong, as a crop duster pilot must lead a mismatched group of survivors to escape the deadly zombie horde after the citizens of the small town are transformed into zombies.
The film stars Timothy Haug, Moses J. Moseley (“The Walking Dead”), Wyntergrace Williams, Megan Few, Escalante Lundy, Kaitlin Mesh, and Clay Acker. Makeup and special effects are byby Jonathan Thornton.
The screenplay is by Christian Hokenson. Producers are Daniel Wood, Mark Newton, Juri Koll, and Per Ericson, with co-producer Stephan Stromer. Daniel Wood is the exec producer and brokered the deal with Spector for Gravitas.
Here is the trailer: