By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire June 7, 2010 at 4:09AM
The films "American Grindhouse" and "Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue," profiles of two film genres in America (exploitation and horror, respectively), will get a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada through Lorber Films. The company plans to release "American Grindhouse" to more fests, theaters, and college venues beginning in June, and will do the same for "Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue" starting in July. The two films will get DVD releases later this year ("Grindhouse") and early 2011 ("Nightmares").
Elijah Drenner's "American Grindhouse" brings together directors like John Landis, Jack Hill, and William Lustig and film historians Eddie Muller and Eric Schaefer to speak about the history of the exploitation genre. The film also includes clips of some of the most outrageous scenes from the American exploitation canon. Andrew Monument's "Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue," based on Joseph Maddrey's book of the same name provides a history of American horror that situates films in their historical context from the mid-1920s to the present. The film includes interviews with George A. Romero, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, amongst other horror directors. Fangoria editor Tony Timpone and the film historian John Kenneth Muir are also interviewed in the film.
“We’re a cinephile company whose collection encompasses everything from cult genre to high art,” said Richard Lorber, president of Lorber Films. “And these two docs hit our sweet spot with a really smart look at the most popular forms of entertainment in a broader cultural context. Plus, they’re a gas to watch!”
The deal was negotiated by Lorber and Lorber Films VP Elizabeth Sheldon with the films' producer and financier Lux Digital Pictures, Inc.