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The Retaliators (2022)

Opens on September 16

Director: Bridget Smith, Samuel Gonzalez Jr. Run Time: 97 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Abbey Hafer, Joseph Gatt, Katie Kelly, Marc Menchaca, Michael Lombardi

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

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.

“A viscerally entertaining film that makes us wonder how far we will truly go to protect what’s ours”

—David Gelmini for Dread Central

The film premiered at Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 before screening opening night at the 2021 Screamfest in Los Angeles. Five Finger Death Punch, Tommy Lee, Papa Roach, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills, Escape The Fate, and more appear both onscreen and on the original soundtrack.

About the filmmakers:

Samuel Gonzalez Jr. is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning film director, an Iraq War Veteran, and a graduate of LA’s Art Center College of Design. His feature debut, the period war and crime drama Railway Spine (2016), won Best Military Film at the 2016 San Diego International Film Festival. He has directed short films and music videos, and has also written several books, including “The Chords of WAR”, a semi-autobiographical war story about his experience playing and forming a rock n roll band while a soldier overseas during the Iraq War.

Bridget Smith is a director and editor who got her start as an actress and a stand-up comic in Chicago before moving to NYC for a featured spot in Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. She directed several theater productions, music videos, and the feature film Sno Babies (2020), before teaming up with Samuel Gonzalez Jr. on The Retaliators (2022).

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