One of the films we caught during the festival circuits originally titled NIGHT SHIFT is now out as HUNT HER, KILL HER. This Ryan Thiessen and Greg Swinson brought many surprises to lead to a very decent and edgy thriller. Check on the news of its acquisition by new studio WELCOME VILLAIN FILMS.
New genre studio, Welcome Villain Films, announces their first acquisition of the festival horror hit, HUNT HER, KILL HER (originally titled NIGHT SHIFT). The first poster has been unveiled for the film, along with a theatrical release on March 3.
Directed by Ryan Thiessen and Greg Swinson, the “brutal and intense” (HorrorNews.Net) HUNT HER, KILL HER premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival, and garnered nominations from several genre film fests including HorrorHound, Chicago Horror Film Festival, and many others.
HUNT HER, KILL HER follows a lone night shift janitor during her first night on the job who finds herself in an unexpected fight for survival when she becomes the target of sinister masked intruders. As their disturbing motives become clearer, she must use her crafty instincts and barbaric violence to make it through the night alive.
Following the acquisition, the Welcome Villain team partnered with the production team behind the film, Trauma One Entertainment, to give the filmmakers the resources they needed to complete the film as originally envisioned. Festival-goers who screened the film last year will be in for a treat with a new and more intense, heart-pounding thrill ride.
“We poured years of blood, sweat and tears into making HUNT HER, KILL HER the most thrilling experience it can be, and we’re so excited that our film has found a team to support a proper release and get it in front of audiences nationwide,” says filmmakers Greg Swinson & Ryan Thiessen. “Welcome Villain is the perfect partner for HUNT HER, KILL HER. Like us, they are passionate about genre films and committed to getting this in front of the widest possible audience.”
“We screened Ryan and Greg’s movie, and it blew us away. We were also impressed by their ingenuity as they made the film for next to nothing, yet it looks and feels like a big cinematic endeavor. We’re immensely proud to announce HUNT HER, KILL HER as Welcome Villain’s first acquisition,” says Luke LaBeau, Welcome Villain Films Head of Development.
Welcome Villain Films is distributing the film domestically with a nationwide theatrical release on March 3, and a digital release to follow. Raven Banner is handling international sales and will be presenting at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
HUNT HER, KILL HER was written by Greg Swinson, who also co-directed the film with Ryan Thiessen under their Trauma One Entertainment banner. The film was shot on location in a working furniture factory in Morristown, Tennessee. Natalie Terrazzino stars as the lead, facing off against JC Oakley III, who plays the film’s villain. HUNT HER, KILLER HER has become an indie horror darling from its multiple festival appearances over the past year where it was embraced by genre audiences.