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On July 26th, Drafthouse Films invites viewers to attend an unnerving dinner party with their Blu-ray / DVD combo pack (including Digital HD) release of Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, complete with an audio commentary, a booklet, and more:
Press Release: Dubbed “the best horror film of the year” by Maxim, the stylish chiller The Invitation will arrive in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on July 26, 2016, from Drafthouse Films. In this taut psychological thriller from award-winning director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined.
Kusama’s thriller opened the Midnight section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival before receiving wide acclaim during the nationwide theatrical release. For Kusama, who first made her mark with the breakout 2000 hit Girlfight, The Invitation boasts a triumphant return to her independent roots, as well as an impressively-crafted script written and produced by screenwriting duo Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along). Also starring isEmayatzy Corinealdi (Miles Ahead, “Roots”) and John Carroll Lynch (“American Horror Story,” Zodiac).
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD of The Invitation include audio commentary with Kusama, Hay and Manfredi, “The Making of The Invitation,” music videos for original songs by Craig Wedren and Benjamin Newgard, the theatrical trailer, a HD digital copy of the film and booklet featuring an original essay by critic Britt Hayes.
About Drafthouse Films
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible,” Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions, which was named of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Films Of The Year.” Their diverse and unique slate includes Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly-acclaimed, Oscar® nominated documentaries The Act Of Killing and The Look of Silence, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, Michel Gondry’s surrealist romance Mood Indigo starring Audrey Tautou, Midnight Movie sensations Miami Connection and The Visitor and rediscovered classics Wake In Fright, Ms. 45 and Roar (in conjunction with Olive Films).
Recent and upcoming releases include Anders Thomas Jensen’s dark comedy Men & Chicken, starring Mads Mikkselsen; and the documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, the true story of three eleven-year-old boys who filmed a shot-for-shot adaptation of Spielberg’s classic during the 1980s..
Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the Us; and the pop culture website Birth.Movies.Death.
- Derek Anderson
A dinner party takes a dark turn in The Invitation, the new movie from Karyn Kusama that will have an advance rooftop screening in L.A. with a special cast and crew Q&A on April 5th. The special event is presented by Drafthouse Films and Rooftop Film Club, and we’ve been provided with five pairs of tickets to give away.
Winners will get to attend an advance outdoor screening of The Invitation at The Rooftop at Ricardo Montalban Theatre (1615 Vine St, Los Angeles 90028). Director Kusama and select members of the film’s cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A following the film.
The screening begins at 8:00pm Pt, with cocktails available beginning at 6:30pm Pt. Seats are not reserved and will run out, so winners will want to plan accordingly and arrive early. Below, we have more details on the event and how to enter the contest. »
- Derek Anderson
Now that Unforgettable is just a memory, star Poppy Montgomery has lined up her next TV gig.The actress will play the lead in CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Furst Born, our sister site Deadline reports.
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The potential series, inspired by Australia’s Upper Middle Bogan, follows Montgomery’s Bess, a doctor, wife and mother of twins as she learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag-racers. The cast also includes Swoosie Kurtz (Sisters), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy »
Love never dies, at least that is the case in Nina Forever. Epic Pictures Group recently revealed a new clip from the film, and you can check it out below. Also in this round-up: an update on The Invitation, an Indiegogo announcement for Dummies, a look at Dear Creature's cover art, and Solid State Blu-ray details.
Written and directed by Ben and Chris Blaine, Nina Forever was honored with multiple British Independent Film Awards nominations this week, including Best Debut Director for The Blaine Brothers and Most Promising Newcomer for lead actress Abigail Hardingham. The film was previously recognized with the Best Feature award at FrightFest 2015.
- Tamika Jones
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