Vicious Fun is a key feature on Particular Crowd’s inaugural roster of films
Life comes terrifyingly close to imitating art in Vicious Fun, the new horror-comedy from Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films in partnership with Turner Latin America’s new movie banner, Particular Crowd.
The film follows Joel, a caustic 1980’s 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 the next victim.
“An outrageous mash-up of dread and humour, Vicious Fun lives up to its title,” said Craig McGillivray, Breakthrough Entertainment’s Vice President of Distribution. “We are thrilled to have Turner Latin America’s new movie banner, Particular Crowd, as a partner on this film, and look forward to sharing the howls and horrors we’ve created together.”
Shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Vicious Fun is directed by Cody Calahan, produced by Chad Archibald and Calahan and written by James Villeneuve. The film features an incredible cast including David Koechner (Anchorman, Cheap Thrills), Evan Marsh (Shazam!, Riot Girls), Amber Goldfarb (TV’s Bad Blood), Julian Richings (TV’s Supernatural, Man of Steel), Robert Maillet (300, Immortals), Ari Millen (TV’s Orphan Black, I’ll Take Your Dead) and Sean Baek (TV’s Killjoys).
“It felt like the right time for us to branch out and make something outside our comfort zone,” said Director Cody Calahan. “These characters are wacky, satirical and genuinely funny. I can honestly say that I’ve never had so much fun on set and I think that translates directly to the screen. Vicious Fun marks the start of a new slate of films for us and we’re committed to pushing ourselves in new directions.”
“We’re delighted to be starting this collaboration with Vicious Fun. We’ve really enjoyed working with the Breakthrough team and feel that Cody and Chad are creative powerhouses and hope this will be the first of many movies we’ll be working on together,” said Peter Bevan, Particular Crowd VP.
ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH ENTERTAINMENT
Breakthrough Entertainment is an award-winning producer and distributor of original, premium content for audiences around the world. One of Canada’s most established and respected production companies, Breakthrough boasts a library of 50-plus feature films and 3,000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels worldwide. Notable titles include the multi award-winning comedy series Less Than Kind for HBO Canada and the Anne of Green Gables trilogy, starring Emmy award winner Martin Sheen.
ABOUT BLACK FAWN FILMS
Black Fawn Films Inc. is an award-winning Canadian film production house dedicated to bringing creative and innovative talent together in order to create unique and high-quality genre projects. With over 25 feature films under their belt (The Oak Room, I’ll Take Your Dead, Let Her Out, Antisocial, Bite), Black Fawn Films has become a staple in the Canadian and international film industry.
ABOUT PARTICULAR CROWD
Particular Crowd is the new film banner from Turner Latin America, a division owned by WarnerMedia. The banner has a growing slate of over 30 completed films and continues to develop and produce projects at a high volume in order to deliver 60 more titles in 2020. Particular Crowd offers English-language films within the most popular genres: comedy, rom-com, horror, thriller, teen, and family. This is a content- driven, contained budget production initiative that aims to provide compelling storytelling to audiences on a wide variety of platforms, including TV (TNT and SPACE), theatrical, festival, and digital spaces. Select movies will also be available in serialized episodic format across a variety of social media platforms. Based in Los Angeles, Particular Crowd encompasses development, production and co-financing and has established key content partnerships with leading production companies. The banner seeks to discover new talent to provide access and opportunities for the next generation of filmmakers.
ABOUT TURNER LATIN AMERICA
Turner Latin America, owned by WarnerMedia, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and provides exceptional experiences to viewers throughout the region when and where they choose to watch their favorite content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven information and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, organized into five content groups: Kids (Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Tooncast), General Entertainment (TNT, TNT Series, Space, TCM, I.Sat, Warner Channel, TBS, HTV, MuchMusic, Glitz * and truTV), News (CNN International, CNN in Spanish, CNN Chile and HLN), and Sports (TNT Sports, Esporte Interativo Digital and CDF). In the free-to-view TV space, the company also owns the Chilevisión channel in Chile. Its brand portfolio is completed with its new movie banner Particular Crowd.
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands, including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).
(photo credit for the Vicious Fun behind the scenes photos goes to Miz Monday)