Category: Anchor Bay Films
Katie, a young woman, is trying to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling in New York. When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into an unthinkable nightmare – Severely beaten, battered, bruised, and left for dead, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive her ordeal, but to ultimately find the strength to exact her brutal revenge. The film was made by the same creative team as the controversial 2010 film: Director Steven R. Monroe, Producers Lisa Hansen and Paul Hertzberg, and Writer Neil Elman teaming up with Thomas Fenton (Saw IV).
I Spit on Your Grave 2 is an American rape and revenge horror film directed by Steven R. Monroe, who directed its predecessor, I Spit on Your Grave—which was based on Meir Zarchi’s 1978 film of the same name. The film was given a limited theatrical release at one theater and has been received negatively by critics.
About the Story
Katie Carter (Jemma Dallender) is an aspiring model from Missouri who works as a waitress in a New York City restaurant. Desperate to update her modeling portfolio, she answers an advertisement offering a free photography session. She then meets three Bulgarian siblings, photographer Ivan (Absolom) and his assistants Nikolai, known as “Nicky” (Aleksiev) and Georgy (Baharov), who becomes infatuated with Katie.
She leaves the photo shoot after disagreeing with Ivan about a topless shot. Georgy later arrives at Katie’s apartment and apologizes regarding the incident. Katie accepts his apology and is given a flash drive containing her photos. Before leaving, Georgy states that she can keep the pictures for her privacy, upload, or use the photos as she chooses.
Later that night, Katie wakes up to find Georgy filming her and shoots him with an electroshock gun. Although Kate tries to escape, Georgy binds, gags and sodomizes her. Katie’s neighbor, Jayson, arrives and tries to stop the rape but Georgy stabs and kills him. Georgy panics and calls both his brothers. Nikolai and Ivan later arrive and clean up all evidence of the crime. Ivan then force-feeds Katie ketamine, rendering her unconscious.
Katie wakes and finds herself naked and handcuffed to a pipe in an old basement. The brothers relentlessly rape and torture her. She overpowers Georgy and escapes, but discovers that she is now in an unknown city. When she approaches Bulgarian police, she is taken into safe custody by Detective Kiril (Zlaterev), who informs her that she has been abducted to Bulgaria. After an interview, Detective Kiril hands her over to Ana (Stockley), who claims to be from a rape crisis center but is really Nikolai and Georgy’s mother. Katie is returned to the basement and Valko (Silverleaf), a friend of the family’s father, electroshocks her genitals then brutally rapes her, leaving her bloodied. Ivan then beats her.
Katie is then placed in a box with her crucifix necklace and Valko’s electroshock gun and buried alive. The ground beneath the makeshift coffin breaks and she falls into the sewer system below. Naked and hungry, Katie steals from a nearby church and is soon caught by priest Father Dimov (Pelka), who recognizes her as a rape victim. He gives her food, clothing, and a Bible. Katie approaches the U.S. Embassy, but leaves before going inside. Back at the church, Dimov offers support. As Katie goes back to the sewers, she leaves her Bible open for Dimov to read. After reading the passage “vengeance is mine”, Dimov realizes that Katie seeks revenge against her rapists.
Interview with Jemma Dallender
How did you end up working on I Spit On Your Grave 2 – what drew you to playing such a tough role?
Well, initially my agent mentioned that she had an audition for me, and as soon as she said the role contained full frontal nudity, I was like, ‘No way! Not for me at all’- but she persuaded me to head along to the audition anyway and as I got into the process I realised I loved the character and the controversy of the film. It was a role I could get my teeth into and as an actress I’m always looking for new challenges. Also, the plot and the sentiment of the film, you realise why there are such graphic scenes, violence, nudity- it makes sense, it’s not in there just for pure shock factor. I of course watched the original film, and the 2010 remake and I loved the idea and the controversy surrounding this kind of role.
So you think that the audience has to see the character, Katie, pushed to the brink – that it gives reasoning for her behaviour so that you’re rooting for her when she exacts her revenge?
Exactly. She’s made to feel so small, and treated so mercilessly. They [the male characters who kidnap Katie] reduce the character to nothing and she kind of loses her humanity in all ways possible- in order to get to that stage of the film you need to see the graphic and intense stuff she experiences.
Your character goes through a major ordeal to say the least, but she ends up being pretty badass by the end- Do you have a favourite revenge scene?
It has to be the way she gets Ivan [let’s just say it involves a vice certain parts of the male anatomy]. It was so disgusting, but ended up being quite funny to film too… The prosthetics were too big so it had to be changed, and refitted so we had a laugh at that. Although I think Joe [Absalom] was quite uncomfortable by the end, laying there strapped to a table, half naked all day. I felt kind of guilty to be honest so saying I enjoyed them is a bit mean, and an overstatement. The guys felt so bad during their rape and torture scenes, and I was like, ‘it’s fine, we’re only acting’, and they said, ‘wait ‘til you have to do the mean stuff’, and they were right I felt awful! But the vice scene…It’s just the ultimate revenge a female character can get and I’m sure probably the worst scene for any man to watch…
I guess it was important to be able to have a laugh on set as the subject matter was so intense- did you have any other techniques to deal with the intensity of the role?
To be honest, most of the time I would avoid having a laugh and a chat on set so that I could stay in character. I had to be in a really deep and dark place and I find it hard to find that place and then switch between that and happy when the cameras aren’t rolling. I stayed pretty sombre whilst on set. But off-set of course we had a laugh and all got on really well.
You mentioned you watched the original 1978 I Spit On Your Grave and the 2010 remake; did you feel under any pressure following up these infamous female leads with the sequel?
No, not pressure really. I don’t think it’s good to place too much pressure on yourself when tackling a role and this is an entirely new film in its own right so I wasn’t trying to recreate something. Of course I watched them, and they are great- they made me interested in the role. I just tried to make it my own and put my own spin on the character. This instalment in comparison with the other two is a lot more brutal and intense so I was ready for the controversy. People are always going to have an opinion about films like this but I think that’s good- weather they like it or not. It’s better to provoke a reaction, rather than making a film that nobody wants to talk about.
Do you think the film could be described as a ‘feminist’ horror due to taking back control in an otherwise male dominated cast and wreaking rape-revenge?
I definitely think it’s a feminist film- strong female lead roles- lead roles in general are few and far between nowadays, particularly in horror. There is definitely a sense of empowerment. Katie is tough and pulls through, even physically and we don’t see that often in film so it was a really refreshing and challenging role to take on.
Are you a horror film fan?
This may surprise you, but I’m actually quite squeamish- so the blood, guts and gore isn’t really my thing. It wouldn’t be my first choice to watch something like that. But I do like psychological thrillers, and horrors and supernatural stuff too- like, ‘The Conjuring’, I saw that recently. That’s the kind of horror that would keep me awake at night…
I Spit on Your Grave 2
Directed by: Steven R. Monroe
Starring: Jemma Dallender, Yavor Baharov, Joe Absolom, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Mary Stockley
Screenplay by: Neil Elman, Thomas H. Fenton
Production Design by: Severina Stoyanova
Cinematography by: Damian Bromley
Film Editing by: Kristina Hamilton-Grobler
Costume Design by: Desislava Andonova
Set Decoration by: Rosen Stefanov
Music by: Corey A. Jackson
MPAA Rating: R for strong sadistic violence, torture and rape, graphic nudity, language and some drug content.
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Release Date: September 20, 2013
Ambushed charts the dark, seductive underbelly of Los Angeles, told from the point of view of two of its seedier denizens, mid-level drug pushers Eddie (Gianni Capaldi) and Frank (Daniel Bonjour). They want a chance to hit the big time. Unfortunately, they decide to achieve their goal by ripping off their middleman in a murderous bid for greatness, setting off a dangerous chain of events involving a ruthless crime boss, a dirty cop and the Federal agent chasing them all.
Ambushed (also released as Hard Rush) is an action-thriller film directed by Giorgio Serafini, written by Agustin, and starring Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Randy Couture, Gianni Capaldi, and Daniel Bonjour. Lundgren, Jones, and Capaldi would go on to work with Serafini in Puncture Wounds and Blood of Redemption.
About the Story
Mid-level drug dealers Eddie and Frank grow restless with their limited growth potential and set up a meeting with their supplier, Madsen. Instead of negotiating, Frank impulsively murders Madsen and takes his cocaine. Eddie’s excitement quickly turns to apprehension when he hears about Madsen’s death, but Frank talks him into bluffing their way back into drug lord Vincent Camastra’s good graces.
At the same time, dirty cop Jack Reiley investigates the murder and is annoyed when DEA agent Maxwell takes over the investigation. As Frank attempts to save his relationship with his naive girlfriend, Ashley, Reiley violently bullies his informants for information, and Camastra sends assassins to kill Eddie. After Eddie engages in a brief gunfight with the assassins, Camastra himself beats Eddie unconscious. Ashley, who has become suspicious of Frank’s secretive lifestyle, is shocked when Kathy and Beverly, Eddie’s friends, interrupt them to explain that Camastra has kidnapped Eddie.
Beverly, an undercover DEA agent, is in a relationship with Maxwell, who is concerned that she has gone too deep. However, she protests when he requests that she abandon the case. Beverly and Maxwell expand their investigation to include Reiley, but they are forbidden from taking action until they can also get Camastra. Frustrated, they bide their time until Camastra makes his move. Frank visits Camastra, and Eddie successfully buys them two days time to pay Camastra back.
At the nightclub Frank owns, Reiley attempts to blackmail him, only to be shot in his hand and left on the side of the road. Unable to explain his predicament, Reiley is put on unpaid leave and learns that Internal Affairs is preparing a case against him. Forced to abandon his plans to retire comfortably, Reiley becomes even more unstable and kidnaps Ashley. He breaks into Eddie’s apartment, takes Kathy and Beverly hostage, and waits for Frank and Eddie to return.
Directed by: Giorgio Serafini
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Randy Couture, Gianni Capaldi, Carly Pope, Susie Abromeit, Cinthya Bornacelli
Screenplay by: Agustin
Production Design by: F. Joseph Burns
Cinematography by: Marco Cappetta
Film Editing by: Scott Evans
Costume Design by: Samantha Kuester
Set Decoration by: Allison Schenker
Music by: Brian Jackson Harris, Justin Raines, Michael Wickstrom
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality / nudity and drug content.
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Taglines: No one runs. No one escapes..
No One Lives is an American horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. It stars Luke Evans and Adelaide Clemens. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012 and had a limited release on May 10, 2013.
The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012. It was planned for a worldwide release in January 2013, however that release date was scrapped when Anchor Bay Films picked up the distribution rights to the film, they will release the film theatrically in North America, the U.K, and Australia and handle the home video release across various platforms.
The film had a limited theatrical release in those countries and the new release date will be May 10, 2013. The film is Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, pervasive language, and some sexuality/nudity On April 13, 2013, a red band trailer for the film was released. In the US the film will be released in select cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Detroit, Houston and Baltimore.
About the Story
While traveling cross country, couple Betty and an unidentified man, referred to as “Driver,” encounter a gang of robbers. The group, led by dedicated criminal Hoag, consists of Hoag’s brother Ethan, his daughter Amber, girlfriend Tamara, Amber’s boyfriend Denny, and the psychopathic Flynn. Suspecting the couple to be wealthy and wanting to redeem himself for a robbery he botched, Flynn has them kidnapped and interrogated about accessing their money by Ethan in a gas station. However, Betty commits suicide by cutting her throat on a knife Ethan had against her neck, which leads to the Driver breaking out of his handcuffs and killing Ethan.
Meanwhile, Flynn, having brought the Driver’s car to the group’s hideout, finds a girl in the trunk of the vehicle. Amber realizes the girl is Emma Ward, a wealthy heiress who disappeared after 14 of her friends were murdered at a party, and the kidnapped man is the one responsible for the massacre. Following Hoag’s orders, Denny and Tamara head to the gas station to contact Ethan, only to find his and Betty’s bodies and the Driver missing. They bring Ethan’s corpse back to their hideout and inadvertently bring the Driver along with them, who had been hiding in the cadaver.
The Driver begins his assault on the robbers by first destroying their van and capturing Hoag, whom he later kills by dropping him into a meat grinder. After the group argues over what to do next, Denny volunteers to get their old jeep working so they can escape. Though he succeeds, the Driver shoves him into the open car engine, badly mangling his face. The Driver then chases and injures Amber, but lets her live when he realizes the surviving gang members are leaving. Nevertheless, Flynn accidentally hits Amber with the jeep when she stumbles onto the road.
After dropping Denny off at hospital, Flynn, Tamara, and Emma head to a motel to stay the night. When Flynn uses the Driver’s credit card to pay for a room, he inadvertently causes Harris, the motel owner, to call the police, as the Driver had previously checked himself into the same motel earlier in the day. The Driver himself also arrives at the motel and nearly strangles Tamara to death in the bathroom, but stops when he hears Flynn shoot the sheriff responding to Harris’ call. Flynn euthanatizes Tamara when he discovers her, which leads to Emma attempting to escape. Though Flynn manages to stop her, he is promptly run over by the Driver in a police car. Emma flees into a nearby junkyard.
When the Driver confronts Emma, she beats him with a metal pipe until Flynn appears with a shotgun and shoots the Driver in the chest. The Driver survives due to his Kevlar vest and the two engage in a brutal fight. Ultimately, Flynn manages to grab his weapon, but is knocked out by Emma before he can fire it.
Emma explains she wants to be one who finally kills the Driver and manages to aim the shotgun at him and pull the trigger. However, because a new shell had not been pumped into the chamber, the firearm fails to operate. Impressed, the Driver cuts out a tracking device he placed inside her stomach and announces that she is free. He then finishes Flynn off with a shotgun blast to the face and also shoots Harris for knowing his real name.
The next day, the Driver murders Denny in his hospital bed with a clipboard while disguised as a doctor. As he leaves, he notices Emma being wheeled into the hospital on a stretcher. He touches her arm before finally departing.
No One Lives
Directed by: Ryûhei Kitamura
Starring: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Magyar, Beau Knapp, America Olivo, Lindsey Shaw, Laura Ramsey, Andrea Frankle
Screenplay by: David Cohen
Production Design by: Jonathan A. Carlson
Cinematography by: Daniel Pearl
Film Editing by: Toby Yates
Costume Design by: Claire Breaux
Set Decoration by: Elizabeth Humphrey
Music by: Jerome Dillon
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, pervasive language and some sexuality / nudity.
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Taglines: Where will you be at the end?
When bizarre radiation storms suddenly erupt, defense systems are wiped out, polar outposts are incinerated and space debris blasts holes clear through our planet. Now a tough federal, a cool government scientist and his rebel genius son have uncovered a magnetospheric nightmare that could stop the Earth’s rotation. Do a disgraced inventor and an archaic satellite hold the sole keys to our survival, or is the clock ticking towards the annihilation of mankind?
After dense matter from an imploded white hole hits Earth, the planet’s rotation is devastated. A group of government agents must locate a lost satellite network that is the world’s only hope for survival.
All 3 of the main characters have appeared in Stargate in one form or another. Striech played Simeon in SG-U along side Julia Benson who played Lt. James, while Striech Jr. played Orlin, the descended Ancient in SG-1.
The coordinates given for the remote satellite control site are said to be an abandoned mine. But the actual location 42.4N 123.8W (42.4N 123.8E is Shenyang in China) is in the middle of the Rogue River National Forest in Oregon.
Earth’s Final Hours
Directed by: David Hogan
Starring: Hamza Adam, Julia Benson, Cameron Bright, Sage Brocklebank, Douglas Chapman
Screenplay by: Robert Wescott, Rachelle S. Howie, Robert Ozn
Production Design by: Renee Read
Cinematography by: Anthony C. Metchie
Film Editing by: Christopher A. Smith
Costume Design by: Tanya Lipke
Music by: Michael Neilson
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images and peril.
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Taglines: Bad girls don’t cry. They get even.
When Shae (Danielle Panabaker), a naïve college student, is tormented by several men in a matter of days, she reaches her breaking point, and is drawn into coworker Lu’s (Nicole LaLiberte) twisted plan for revenge. Together, the two embark on a gruesome killing spree, terrorizing and brutally murdering not just their attackers, but any man who gets in their way. However, after a wild weekend of retaliation, the friendship between the girls shifts into a dangerous obsession, and their perverse game becomes a desperate struggle for Shae to maintain control against Lu’s deadly and seductive influence.
Girls Against Boys is an American thriller film written and directed by Austin Chick and starring Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte. Liam Aiken, Michael Stahl-David, and Andrew Howard.
About the Story
College student Shae (Danielle Panabaker) blows off going to a party with her friend Karen (Reyna de Courcy) to go to The Hamptons for the weekend with her boyfriend Terry (Andrew Howard), an older man who is separated from his wife. That evening, Terry comes round to her apartment. He apologises and says that they can’t see each other any more – he and his wife have decided to reconcile, for the sake of their daughter.
The next day, Shae goes shopping at a farmer’s market and sees Terry with his wife and daughter. She follows them to their house and he notices her. They do not speak and after he closes the door, she leaves. That night, she goes to a bar where she works. Feeling unwell during her shift, she goes to the cloak room and starts to cry. She is interrupted by her colleague Lu (Nicole LaLiberte), who comforts her and invites her out for a drink.
They go out to another bar where they meet Simon (Michael Stahl-David), Eric (Carmine DiBenedetto) and Duncan (Will Brill). They drink and dance with them and then go back to Eric and Duncan’s apartment. Shae kisses Simon and then goes to the bathroom, where she falls asleep. Feeling unwell again, she decides to go home. Simon offers to take her home, saying that he was about to leave anyway. They get a taxi together and are dropped off outside her apartment. He asks if he can come up, but she tells him she has a boyfriend. He persists, asking first for her number and then for a kiss goodnight. She tells him to leave and he becomes violent, grabbing her neck and forcibly kissing her. She hits him and runs upstairs. Before she can unlock her door, he catches her, pushes her onto the floor and rapes her.
Later, in her apartment, Shae tries to call her mom and Karen, but can only reach their voicemails. With no-one to talk to, she goes to Terry’s house. He is furious that she has turned up at his house unannounced and takes her home. They go into her apartment and Shae, having not told him that she was raped yet, hugs him. He misunderstands and starts kissing her. She tells him to stop but he tries to force himself on her. She shouts at him to get off her and starts crying.
He leaves, telling her that he doesn’t know what she wants from him. Lu calls her and they go to a police station to report the crime. There, the hostile and skeptical Officer Daniels (Matthew Rauch) gives her paperwork to fill in and sends her to the waiting area. Shae files her report with an unsympathetic detective (Kelvin Hale) and Lu notices Daniels looking at her. She flirts with him and she asks him if he wants to go somewhere to have sex. They do and she cuffs him to the bed, takes his gun and shoots him.
Lu goes to Shae’s apartment and tells her that they need to deal with the situation themselves, going back to Eric and Duncan’s apartment and finding out where Simon lives. She tells Shae that she has a gun but is vague about where she got it. They go back there and probe Duncan for Simon’s address. He doesn’t know it and when he jokes about how Eric told them he and Shae had sex, Lu shoots him. Shae laughs and then throws up. When Eric comes back, he tells them Simon’s address and Lu shoots him too. They go to Simon’s workshop and find him working alone. Shae knocks him unconscious and they tie him to his table. When he wakes up, they torture and kill him.
Next, they ambush Terry, kidnapping him at gunpoint and driving him off in his own car. They drive to a secluded part of the woods and take him out of the car. Shae points the gun at him and he begs for her forgiveness. She can’t bring herself to kill him and he starts to run away but Lu takes the gun and shoots him instead. They stay in a motel that night and when Shae starts crying, Lu gets into bed with her and holds her.
The next morning, they talk about what they did and while Shae says that it doesn’t make her feel any better, Lu enjoyed it and says that she hurts people because she can. They go home and return to their lives. After a class, Shae is asked out by her classmate Tyler (Liam Aiken) and they go to the fair. She goes back to her apartment that evening and finds Lu waiting for her, annoyed that she is back so late because she had wanted to surprise her.
Shae goes to a Halloween party with Tyler, who is DJing. Lu secretly arrives and when Shae is in the bathroom and everyone else is watching fireworks on the roof, she kills Tyler with a sword. Shae finds his body and returns home, finding Lu’s sword on a table. Lu steps out of the shower nude and tells Shae that she did it “for us” and to “protect” her. Shae takes the sword and kills Lu. Some time later, with Lu apparently blamed for the murders, Shae returns to work at the bar. During a break, she is interrupted by a crying co-worker (Makenzie Leigh). Shae asks “is it a guy?” and the woman replies that it is. As the two sit together, a vision of Lu is seen behind Shae.
Girls Against Boys
Directed by: Austin Chick
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte, Liam Aiken, Michael Stahl-David, Andrew Howard
Screenplay by: Austin Chick
Production Design by: Jeanelle Marie
Cinematography by: Kat Westergaard
Costume Design by: Kama K. Royz
Set Decoration by: Lauren Heanes
Music by: Nathan Larson
MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexual content / nudity and language.
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Release Date: February 1, 2013