Theatrical Trailer Debuts for Acclaimed Gorefest, ‘The Retaliators,’ Featuring Mötley Crue and Papa Roach

We were lucky to get a chance to check out the horror thriller, The Retaliators (2021 – our review) last year for for the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, and now we’ve just gotten word that the film’s trailer released today, July 13, 2022. The film is directed by Samuel Gonzales, Jr. (Railway Spine 2016), Michael Lombardi (Rescue Me TV series), and Bridget Smith (Sno Babies 2020) from a script written by Darren Geare (Bachelor Trip 2021) and newcomer Jeff Allen Geare. The Retaliators stars Lombardi, Marc Menchaca (Ozark TV series), Sno Babies’ (2020), Shannan Wilson, Corrie Graham, and Katie and Cree Kelly, Joseph Gatt (Game of Thrones TV series), and Brian O’Halloran (Clerks franchise).


An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter’s brutal murder. A high-octane original soundtrack and cameos from some of the biggest names in rock music set the tone as this horror-thriller reveals a game of revenge played using a new set of rules.

Cinelife Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing have acquired Better Noise Film’s horror thriller feature, The Retaliators, which opens in theaters worldwide on September 14, 2022. The theatrical trailer debuts July 13th.

“a daring and unforgettable viewing experience” — Dread Central

“A brutal and vivid punch to the gut, The Retaliators is a rock song birthed onto screen and is sure to be a hit with fans of music and horror alike.” — The Hollywood News

From the press release:

Horror-thriller feature The Retaliators, from Better Noise Films, co-producers of The Dirt, has debuted a new theatrical trailer ahead of the worldwide theatrical release. CineLife Entertainment and Trafalgar plan a worldwide theatrical release on September 14, 2022.

The release comes on the heels of a successful festival tour, during which the film world premiered at London’s Arrow Video FrightFest and had its US premiere at Screamfest, where it was the opening film, followed by more than 25 festivals worldwide, garnering a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Michael Lombardi (“Rescue Me”), Marc Menchaca (“Ozark”), and Joseph Gatt (“Game of Thrones”) headline the cast alongside Jacoby Shaddix, front man of Papa Roach, making his acting debut. The Retaliators features cameos and music by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory, and Chris Kael, Papa Roach, Jaya of The Hu, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Eva Under Fire’s Amanda Lyberg, Matt Brandyberry, Danny Case, Lance Dowdle, and Matt Madiro of From Ashes to New, Cory Marks, and Dan Murphy and Miles Franco of All Good Things, anchored by an original score from Emmy-winning composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (“Stranger Things”).

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