Friday News Roundup: Donnie Darko Re-Release & More

Friday News Roundup: Donnie Darko Re-Release & More

unnamedVinegar Syndrome has a bunch of new stuff for March, including the March 2017 package, which is currently at 35% off now through 3/13. It includes WitchtrapChina Girl, and two Peek-A-Ramas. Then, on April 25th, Psycho Cop and Double Exposure will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD, as will Hot Flashes and a double feature Peek-A-Rama with Ladies Night and Her Wicked Ways. 

Also from Vinegar Syndrome:

unnamed (1)The Halfway to Black Friday sale! That’ll be coming up Memorial Day weekend and will include lots of discounts and two surprise Blu-Rays, so put that on your calendar. And if you live in LA, not only are you having better weather than New York (I bet), but you also have the chance to go to a couple of cool screenings. The New Beverly Cinema will show a 35 mm double feature of Slaughterhouse and Pigs, and the director of the former, Rick Roessler, will attend to host a Q&A. That’s on 3/14. Then, on 3/17, The Egyptian Theatre will host the restored version of Witchtrap, with the director also attending, so don’t miss those. While you’re buying tickets, don’t forget to head over to and see what they have available.

unnamed (2)And next week, on March 7th, Capture Kill Release will be available on digital platforms from Midnight Releasing. This festival hit was directed by Nick McAnulty and Brian Allen Stewart and uses found footage to tell the story of the Barbie and Ken Killers. Here’s more, including a trailer:

“Leading lady Jennifer Fraser makes her debut in Capture Kill Release as the unhinged wife with awards for Best Newcomer (Blood in the Snow) and Best Actress (Louisville Fright Night, HorrorQuest). hailed the film, singling out her performance as “utterly compelling” and “pretty much the female Patrick Bateman”.  Co-directors McAnulty and Stewart took two awards (Shriekfest, HorrorQuest) and two nominations (British Horror Film Festival, Torremolinos) for Best Feature Film, with a Best Actor win for Farhang Ghajar as the devoted yet reluctant husband (HorrorQuest) and Jon Gates (Louisville Fright Night) for his turn as an acquaintance who gets too close to the lovebirds for his own good.”

unnamed“A young married couple documents their descent down the rabbit hole as they seek to fulfill one of their darkest desires: kill a stranger and film it for posterity.  Strain and second thoughts pull at their devotion to each other as they carefully plot out a heinous crime for the sake of curiosity. While they may have carefully thought out every small step and detail of getting away with murder, nothing can prepare them with the guilt and the weight of moving on in the aftermath.  Shot in a documentary style from the perspective of the couple’s camera, the film follows unflinching as they document their moral decay for the sake of ‘art.'”

There will be a physical release exclusively from Amazon, so stay tuned for that.

unnamed (7)And finally, Donnie Darko is coming back to theaters! Arrow Films will release the 4K restoration on March 31st. It will premiere at the Vista in Los Angeles on March 30th and officially open in Los Angeles at the Cinefamily and in New York at Metrograph on March 31st. Here’s more:

unnamed (3)The brand-new 4K restoration was produced by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives and supervised and approved by Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster. The 4K restoration premiered to a packed audience at the National Film Theatre in London on December 17th, 2016, with an introduction by Richard Kelly. A screening of the Director’s Cut followed the next day. The re-release opened nationwide in the UK on December 23rd, eventually grossing £70,000.

Both the theatrical cut and the director’s cut are being made available to venues via a partnership with Cartilage Films, and locations will vary.  

Donnie Darko will also return for weeklong runs in Denver, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and San Francisco on March 31st, and in El Paso and Detroit on April 7
Special screenings include Jacksonville, Austin, Dallas, Honolulu, Lubbock, Baton Rouge, Sioux Falls, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Durham and Stamford throughout March and April.
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