As reported exclusively on Variety, Glass Eye Pix’s throwback slasher, The Ranger (read our review of the film here), will be coming to Shudder in 2019. The horror/thriller/suspense subscription VOD service have acquired the US, UK, Australian, New Zealand and French rights to the punk rock slasher following the film’s SXSW premiere.
The official synopsis for The Ranger:
Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.
Created by feature film debut director Jenn Wexler (read our interview with her about the film here) and Giaco Furino (the couple behind the 2017 SXSW Grand Jury Prize-winner, Most Beautiful Island), The Ranger stars Chloe Levine (The Transfiguration 2016) as a teenage punk Chelsea trying to forget her past and Jeremy Holm (House of Cards TV series) as the straight as an arrow park ranger who’s bent on trying to get her to remember. The Sinner’s (2017) Granit Lahu, Jete Laurence (Pet Sematary 2019), Bubba Weiler (Puzzle 2018), Amanda Grace Benitez (All Cheerleaders Die 2013) and newcomer Jeremy Pope also star. Cult filmmaker Larry Fessenden (Jug Face 2013, We Are Still Here 2015, Depraved 2019, The House of the Devil 2009) plays young Chelsea’s Uncle Pete in flashbacks.
The film was co-produced by Wexler, Fessenden (read our interview with him about the film here) through his production company, Glass Eye Pix (of which Miss Wexler has been a part of for the last few years), Andrew van den Houten (The Woman 2011, Jug Face 2013), Ashleigh Snead (The Outer Wild 2018) and Special FX Artist Heather Buckley (We Are Still Here 2015, Circus of the Dead 2014).
This film is a personal favorite of mine and is at the very top of my 2018 list, and I’m thrilled that it’s getting the attention it deserves form the horror community. Not only was it a standout hit at this year’s SXSW, but it was also chosen to open FrightFest UK 2018 and was screened at Fantasia International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival and the Bucheon International Film Festival. It will also be shown at this month’s Sitges Film Festival and Toronto After Dark before finally settling down at Shudder some time next year.
Craig Engler, General Manager of Shudder, had this to say:
“Jenn Wexler’s feature debut is a smart, stylish and subversive take on the ‘80s slasher, and we’re delighted to bring it to Shudder members.”
Jenn Wexler herself mentioned:
“Shudder is the streaming service of horror fans’ dreams, made by and for people who love the genre. The Ranger is my tribute to punks in horror, and I can’t wait to share it with all of Shudder’s members.”
As for Larry Fessenden, he said:
“It has been great to see Jenn’s debut flick get so much love during its festival run these last eight months. We’re excited for new fans to experience it on Shudder—in the safety of their own homes!”
Producer Andrew van den Houten commented:
“Shudder’s curation is brilliant and their team is passionate about the type of films both Hood River Entertainment and Glass Eye Pix love to make. They are truly the perfect home for Jenn Wexler’s debut film, and we couldn’t be happier to be in partnership on this very special Shudder Exclusive.”
With this much support, how can you not watch The Ranger when it comes to Shudder?