Shudder has released an official red band trailer for the indie horror thriller titled Random Acts of Violence, the second feature film directed by Canadian actor-turned-filmmaker Jay Baruchel.
Comic book creator Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams), his wife Kathy (Jordana Brewster), assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson) and best friend, Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra (Jay Baruchel), embark upon a road trip from Toronto to NYC Comic-Con and bad things start to happen—people start getting killed. It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using Todd’s “Slasherman” comic as inspiration for the killings and as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become victims themselves, Todd will be forced to take artistic responsibility.
Check out the red-band trailer for Random Acts of Violence below:
While Baruchel’s previous endeavors have favored comedy, here we’re getting a lot more brutal horror as the comic book creator starts to notice a real killer using his “Slasherman” comic as inspiration for actual murder. The trailer showcases some gore towards the end, and it’s looking like it’ll fulfill many slasher tropes, including a wrap-around story about pop-culture and how it can’t be controlled once it’s made public; out in the world. Baruchel is looking to create a grindhouse-leaning horror cinema, a wholly Canadian combination of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg (for whom he worked with on the 2012 film Cosmopolis).
Best known for starring in TV series like Undeclared and teaming with Judd Apatow on a number of other projects, Random Acts of Violence is Baruchel’s second feature film after directing Goon: Last of the Enforcers previously, and one other short film. The screenplay is written by Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot, adapted from the comic book by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. This first premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin last year, and it will be available on Shudder later this summer to watch.
Check out a poster for the film as well:
Shudder will debut Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence streaming starting on August 20th coming up and starting on July 31st in Canada.