Why Will “Bedeviled” Be Released in Germany First?
Germany isn’t big in the horror genre these days. And they even ban and censor horror movies. Still, the new movie “Bedeviled” about an evil app that kills people will have it’s first wide release on March 23rd 2017 in Germany.
Of course as a German, this is exciting to me, getting to see this before the rest of the world. Still, I wonder why an American movie with American cast in English is released in Germany. So I decided to investigate.
Step One: Reading Up On the Movie
My first step was to check out if I can find any direct info as to why Bedeviled will come out here first. Read some news articles. Went into the depths of google. The only info I found was they screened it for distributors in Berlin. In the end, Ascot Elite picked it up. That’s the reason why it will be sold in Germany at all. But why did they screen it for German distributors only?
Step Two: Similar Cases?
So I decided to search for similar cases. The first one I found is Battle of the Damned from 2013, a horror film by Christopher Hatton, starring Dolph Lundgren. It got a limited release in Germany, before then going wide in the Czech Republic around 5 weeks later. And it took around 6 more months until it got released in the USA. So Bedeviled‘s release is not the only case.
Another case are the big Marvel Blockbusters. They all came out overseas up to a week in advance. For Blockbusters, that’s the case because by now the foreign market is very important. It brings a lot of money.
Having the foreigners see it first puts new hype on the US release (especially if everybody outside the US loves the movie). And, adding to that, the foreign market is lucrative.
Those are all valid reasons to release a small indie horror on DVD in Germany before anywhere else. There is another reason though. The foreign market could serve for testing purposes; release it outside first, then change things that didn’t do well with the audiences.
Step Three: Interpretation
Since there is no hard evidence about this practice, we have to start guessing, or interpreting. It can be to build hype, make money, or for testing purposes. They release it in Germany, see how it does. Then they bring it to distributors in the US, advertise the German sales. The distributors can then apply what they’ve learned to find out how they should best distribute it in America. This is my best guess.
What is your interpretation? Why not release it in the US first. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
‘The Boogeyman’ Director, Rob Savage Wants to Remake Stephen King’s ‘The Langoliers’
Rob Savage is making the rounds for his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Boogeyman. Of course while out making the rounds he was asked if he wanted to remake any other King books. Of course, he had an answer ready and waiting.
Savage chose King’s The Langoliers. This is a short story from Four Past Midnight that was all about a plane trip that ends up crossing dimensions and meeting up with a deadly being known as The Langoliers who are responsible for eating yesterday.
The synopsis for The Langoliers goes like this:
Ten passengers on a red-eye flight from L.A. to Boston discover that they are not the only people on the plane, but after making an emergency landing in Bangor, Maine, they discover that they are the only people on the planet. This film was based off the Stephen King short story Four Past Midnight.
The Langoliers made for a television movie event. The tv movie mainly flopped and was only remembered for its terrible CG effects for Langolier creatures. But, some, like myself loved the story and the cast that worked on the King project. The whole thing plays out like a Twilight Zone episode and it’s a lot of fun overall.
All that said, it would be great to see what Rob Savage would do the entire project. For one, would he make it into a series with multiple episodes? Or, would he go for the film route?
Did you like The Langoiers? Do you think it needs to be remade? Let us know in the comments section.
Watch ‘Terrifier 2’ Now For Free on Tubi
Terrifier 2 is one of those releases that makes us want to watch it over and over and over again. That re-watchability has pulled us back in a few times. That is why the news that Terrifier 2 being on Peacock for free is so rad. Time to get in a few more rewatches.
The return of Art the Clown managed to bring a hell of a lot of good and bad press with it. The fact that people threw up in theaters… or maybe pretended to sure did make a lot of people come out to see the film. Of course, that is awesome news for the film and its hardworking filmmakers.
The synopsis for Terrifier 2 goes like this:
Resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to Miles County to terrorize a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.
If you haven’t watched Terrifier 2 yet what are you waiting for? You need to give it a look. It is one of those incredibly brutal slashers that have staying power.
Head over to Tubi and give Terrifier 2 a watch. If you hadn’t seen it before make sure to let us know what you think.
‘Hocus Pocus 3’ Has Been Confirmed At Disney
Hocus Pocus was a huge hit. The sequel managed to do really well on Disney+ and scared up a whole lot of candy corn and celebration. It managed to be a huge hit over the Halloween season and we were pretty pleased with it ourselves.
Well, the great news is that Disney’s Sean Baily went ahead and straight up confirmed that there will be a third Hocus Pocus film. The involvement of new witches Whitney Bailey, Belissa Escobedo and Lilia Buckingham is all but confirmed.
We could be looking at a stand alone series with the new witches involved or it could be possible that we may see a lot more of The Sanderson Sisters. We are really hoping to see the classic sisters. They are the heart of Hocus Pocus for me and that feeling isn’t going to be replaced anytime soon.
Hocus Pocus 2 went like this:
Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.
Are you excited about a sequel to Hocus Pocus? Are you hoping to see more Sanderson Sisters? Let us know in the comments section.