Producers of “House of Good and Evil,” the independent horror/thriller filmed in Floyd County last fall, had hoped to open in theaters on October 1 but it now looks like those who want to see the film will need access to a “video on demand” service.
Acort International, an Arizona company that specialized in video and broadcast distribution of independent films, has acquired the distribution rights for the movie, written by Blu de Golyer, son-in law of Bill and Ginny Gardner, of Floyd County. The film stars Rachel Marie Lewis and Christian Oliver and features local and veteran actor Rob Neukirch.
Phase 4 Films, a Canadian distributor, plans an October 1 premiere through video on demand services in the United States and Canada. Availability to Floyd Countians depends on an available video on demand services. A listing of services that will carry the film has not been released yet but such services could include Netflix, Vimeo, Amazon, Hulu, DirectTV or Dish. Access to video on demand often requires a computer with a broadband connection and a subscription to the service or payment of an “admission fee” to watch a film.
Acort says it hopes the film can open in “limited theater release” sometime next year but that may depend on the movie finding an audience through the VOD release. The film was screened free to Floyd Countians at an outdoor screen at Chantilly Farms last June. Use of video on demand is growing, especially among independent films that find it difficult to compete with major studios to land widespread release in movie chains.
But others take the VOD route as well. Mel Gibson released his action film, “Get the Gringo” on video on demand last year.