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An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter’s brutal murder.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  TBA

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Samuel Gonzalez Jnr., Bridget Smith

Screenwriter: Darren Geare, Jeff Allen Geare

Cast: Bryan ‘Bobby’ Alvarez (Arlo), Zoltan Bathory (Fang), Robert John Burke (Lt. Briggs), Spencer Charnas (Max), Dominic Costa (Officer Kelly), Joseph Gatt (Ram Kady), Corrie Graham (April), Gigi Gustin (Cynthia), Abbey Hafer (Rebecca Bishop), Rachel Hilbert (Sophie), Jason Hook (Cruz), Chris Kael (Decker), Cree Kelly (Aunt Jody), Katie Kelly (Sarah), Kristopher Kling (Arlo), Robert Knepper (Otto), Michael Lombardi (Bishop), Amanda Lyberg (Erica), Craig Mabbitt (Arlo Garcia), Gemma McIhenny (Sharon), Marc Menchaca (Jed), Ivan L. Moody (Vic), Reno Muren (Kate), Sarah Nicklin (Emily), Brian O’Halloran (Obnoxious Guy At Christmas Tree Place), Jacoby Shaddix (Quinn Brady), Tuk Smith (Tuk), Shannon Wilson (Debbie)

Running Time: 97 mins

Classification: TBC


David Griffiths’ The Retaliators Review:

I love that feeling you get when you discover a cult film that you just know is going to become a cult favourite. I had the feeling the first time I watched John Carpenter’s Vampires and the classic Freeway. Now I’ve got that feeling once again as I’ve just finished watching the brand new revenge thriller The Retaliators.

This film has been teasing me for a long time. I first heard about it when the first single from the soundtrack was released – a stunning piece of metal that consists of actual Mongolian throat singing from The Hu. Then in a recent interview on my heavy metal radio show Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach teased me a little about his work on the soundtrack and his role in the film as well. If anything I knew I was going to love the film’s soundtrack before I had even viewed the movie in its entirety.

Now after watching the film I can say this is more than just a movie with a killer soundtrack, this is not only one of the best revenge films, and hasn’t there been a few, to surface over the past few years. It also does enough to suggest that directors Samuel Gonzalez Jnr. (The Springfield Three) and Bridget Smith (Sno’ Babies) have huge careers ahead of them, although we already kind of knew that about Smith – after all her film Sno’ Babies was a masterpiece.

Plot-wise The Retaliators centres around Bishop (Michael Lombardi – Last Knights), a cool preacher whose daughter Sarah (Katie Kelly – Game Of Silence) is horrified that her Dad lets himself get pushed around by others all the time. Despite her father telling her that she needs to learn to forgive people more she points out to him that he needs to stand up for himself and his family every now and then.

Then the unthinkable happens. Bishop and his younger daughter, Rebecca (Abbey Hafer – Play Date), are devastated when Sarah is murdered by violent criminal and notorious drug dealer Ram Kady (Joseph Gatt – Dumbo). While Bishop once again wants to turn the other cheek hardened cop Jed (Marc Menchaca – Ozark) urges him to get revenge.

I won’t go into where the film goes from there as it would be a major spoiler but let’s just say that while the film is labelled a revenge thriller if you can’t really stomach horror then this isn’t the film with you.

Gonzalez Jnr. and Smith take this film into some pretty dark places but they are well guided by first-time screenwriters Darren and Jeff Allen Geare. While elements of this film take on the slaughter-house look of Rob Zombie’s House Of A 1000 Corpses the screenplay itself allows for characterisation and for the most part this film we see the dilemma that Bishop is going through. On the one hand he wants to do good but on the other he knows that his life has been changed forever because of the murder of his daughter.

Like Joel Schumacher’s 8MM this is a film that at times will repulse its audience but I found the most intriguing part of this film was that at times I found myself thinking ‘that is disgusting and immoral’ but at the same time wondering if I could ever be pushed to the same limits if a loved one was taken away from me. A film with a plot this intriguing and thought-provoking is normally written by a screenwriter at the top of their game, so to learn that this is The Geare Brother’s first film comes as a complete shock.

Also embracing the power of this film is Michael Lombardi. While most film-lovers would know Lombardi for his television work in Rescue Me and his extensive B-Grade film career it is here in The Retaliators that we see his theatre training get put to good use. Lombardi does have to become action hero from time-to-time as he fights for survival but for a good part of this film he also has to go deep inside a character that is being seduced by both the light and the dark and he does it amazingly well.

I found that there was so much to enjoy about this film that it was easily elevated far above most of the revenge films out there. From the great characterisation that comes through in the screenplay through to the fact that it is a film that will make you think about what you would do in these circumstances this is a film that needs to be considered one of the films of the year despite the genre that it is in. Add to that an amazing soundtrack, that I hunted down as soon as I could, and this is one cult film I am going to remember for a long time to come.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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London’s prestigious horror genre film festival, Arrow Video FrightFest 2021, have announced that Better Noise Films’ upcoming horror-thriller feature THE RETALIATORSwill have its world premiere at the legendary event in August. 

The official synopsis of the film reads, “In THE RETALIATORS, an upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter’s brutal murder. A high-octane original soundtrack and cameos from some of the biggest names in rock music set the tone as this horror-thriller reveals a game of revenge played using a new set of rules.” The film stars Michael Lombardi (FX’s “Rescue Me”), Marc Menchaca (Netflix’s “Ozark”) and Joseph Gatt (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Jacoby Shaddix, front man of iconic rock band Papa Roach, making his feature film acting debut. Bridget Smith and Samuel Gonzalez, Jr. serve as co-directorswith a screenplay by Darren Geare and Jeff Allen Geare. Variety also announced in April that Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, the Emmy-winning composers behind the acclaimed music of Netflix’s hit “Stranger Things,” wrote the film’s original score. 

The official teaser trailer is available to watch here

More information can be found at the film’s website: 

“Since early days of production, we’ve always thought FrightFest would be the perfect place for this film to make its premiere,” said Dan Waite, Better Noise’s President, from the company’s UK office.  “The Retaliators is an unapologetic horror film at its core, and we’re thrilled that Paul McEvoy and the rest of the FrightFest team understand our vision and have extended an invite for this story to be a part of its epic legacy in the genre. We also look forward to further bridging the relationship between rock music and horror film with this project, as so many world-class musicians are directly involved and are already supporting our filmmakers so loudly.”

The film joins the company of other esteemed genre titles that have been honored with special screenings at the festival in past years, including Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro’s cinematic classic Pan’s Labyrinth and projects from Rob ZombieSimon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall, Simon Hunt, and moreDel Toro, went on to deem the fest “The Woodstock of Gore.” 

More information about the festival and announcement is available here: 

THE RETALIATORS has been receiving buzz since last year due to its rockstar-heavy original soundtrack. Five Finger Death PunchTommy LeePapa RoachThe HuIce Nine KillsEscape The Fate are just some of the many big music names who appear in cameos onscreen in the film and feature on the soundtrack. The project has already spawned smash hits, including Five Finger Death Punch’s current U.S. radio #1 hit single “Darkness Settles In,” which last week tied Billboard’s record for most consecutive number ones from a rock act in the chart’s history. Other music from the track listing include Papa Roach’s recent #1 active rock radio single “The Ending (Remastered),” Escape The Fate’s high-energy collaboration with Lindsey Stirling “Invincible,” Bad Wolves’ “Learn to Walk Again,” From Ashes to New’s “Scars That I’m Hiding (feat. Anders Fridén of In Flames,)” The HU’s “Wolf Totem (feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach,)” All Good Things’ viral and top 5 radio hit“For The Glory (featuring Hollywood Undead),” Cory Marks’ critically-acclaimed country-rock foot-stomper“Blame It on the Double (Featuring Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman and Jason Hook),”and Eva Under Fire’s new anthemic head-banger“Blow (featuring Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills).” The official music videos of these tracks tease footage from the film, welcoming fans into the gory, cinematic world of THE RETALIATORS

Better Noise Films recent successes include Netflix’s The Dirt, the Mötley Crüe biopic produced by Allen Kovac, which premiered to millions on the streaming service in 2019. Last year, Better Noise released its indie drama Sno Babies, a heart-wrenching story about addiction that earned rave reviews for actress Katie Kelly, who also appears in THE RETALIATORS.