Bloodsucking Bastards


The film boasts an all-star cast including Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant MotherThe Collection), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) with Joel Murray (Mad Men) and Joey Kern (Cabin Fever, Super Troopers).

SYNOPSIS:
An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed horror comedy, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda and his slacker best friend Tim, so he soldiers on in the hope of one day getting his coveted sales director position.

Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted hands his promotion to his college nemesis Max . And it isn’t just their sordid past Evan has to deal with. After his fellow officemates start going through disturbing changes (which, paradoxically, make them better employees) and bodies begin to pile up, Evan learns the horrible truth: Max is a vampire. And even worse… a vamp with a plan.

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, expose Max as the bloodsucking bastard that he is, win back Amanda, and save his pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.


ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS


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BRIAN JAMES O’CONNELL (DIRECTOR) is one of the most innovative up-and-coming directors on the independent scene. A graduate of the prestigious UNC School of The Arts (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill), "BOC" shot his directorial debut, Killer View, exclusively on a disposable video camera. Killer View is a found footage "film inside a film" about the first interview with a serial killer not held in captivity, and has been called a "surreal, occasionally darkly hilarious and frequently disturbing thriller" by reviewers. His second feature, Angry White Man, is a raunchy southern fried 35mm comedy that features an international cast including Matt Berry, Steve Agee, Mary Birdsong, and Scoot McNairy. Angry White Men is a love letter to BOC's beloved South, where mostly decent people often say and do incredibly stupid things. The R rated comedy pulls no punches and was released across all platforms in 2012 by Indican Entertainment. In addition to his filmmaking career, Brian is also a nationally respected figure in the comedy and improv world. BOC has performed and/or taught at nearly 100 comedy festivals and is known for his dark flights of fancy, insane recall ability, and attention to pop culture minutiae. As an original board member and Director of Outreach for the non-profit Camp Improv Utopia, O'Connell has been instrumental in connecting independent comedy scenes around the country through the National Improv Network. O'Connell also teaches at the Miles Stroth Workshop, the fastest growing comedy training center in Los Angeles. Continuing his trend of pairing cinematic language with strong storytelling, Bloodsucking Bastards provided Brian the incredible opportunity to make a film with his brothers in Dr. God. In addition to the three television projects they currently have on air or in the pilot stage, Brian is writing a scripted series for the group and is attached to direct their next feature, slated for production this spring. He’s looking forward to continuing to create original, disturbing and hilarious film and television projects that provoke as well as entertain.

DR GOD (WRITER/CAST) is a Los Angeles based comedy group consisting of five members: Sean Cowhig, Neil Garguilo, Brian James O’Connell, David Park, and Justin Ware. In addition to performing live all across the country, they’re a full-service content creation machine for film and television, working as writers, actors, producers, and directors (they’ll even get you a coffee if you ask nicely). Their first feature film, Bloodsucking Bastards, written and co-starring the group and directed by O’Connell and produced by Ware, has just been selected as the opening night feature of the Slamdance Film Festival. They also just completed the second season of their television series MOCKpocalypse for AXSTV and recently sold pilots to two different cable networks. Individually or as a group, Dr. God has created content for Relativity Media, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Fox, Imagine Television, Warner Brothers, Disney Channel, Playboy TV, National Lampoon, TV Guide Network, IFC, AMC, CNN and many other impressive names that they can’t remember right now. Additionally, as performers they have appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, Vh1, G4, The Reelz Channel, Playboy TV and innumerable web channels. A Comedy powerhouse that the Huffington Post described as an improve version of the ’67 Green Bay Packers and ’93 Chicago Bulls (which they presume was a compliment), Dr. God has produced a number of successful short films including Deerskin Lake in 2012, which received a Silver (highest) and Bronze (second highest) honors at the 2012 Telly Awards and won the DV Awards and The Las Vegas Film Festival. Additionally, their short film Alisha was a front page pick on Funny or Die, and they also wrote and starred in Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut short, The Story of Santa. To stay true to their comedic roots and to give their friends an excuse to drink, Dr. God performs their unique brand of improvisational comedy every other Saturday night in Los Angeles. They’ve also performed at festivals and theaters all across the country including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin New York, and Montreal (yes, they know that Montreal’s not in the country). The centerpiece of their live performances is the Dr. God Revival, which takes place once a month with celebrity guests who deliver monologues as inspiration for the improv. Past guests have included Matthew Lillard, Fran Kranz, Linda Cardellini, Harold Perrineau, Rachelle Lefevre, Noureen DeWulf, Efren Ramirez, Cassidy Freeman, Nora Kirkpatrick, Guillermo Diaz, Dave Holmes, Annabeth Gish, Brett Davern, Beau Mirchoff, WWE wrestler John Morrison, and Emo Phillips.

RYAN MITTS (WRITER) hails from San Antonio, Texas, home of his beloved Spurs. After taking a creative writing course in college, Ryan decided to abandon his pursuit of an Economics degree in favor of one in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. After moving with his new wife to Los Angeles, Ryan set out to write his first feature length screenplay, Bloodsucking Bastards. Ryan currently resides back in San Antonio with his wife and two (soon to be three) sons.

FORTRESS FEATURES was formed in 2004 by Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti. Forbes and Rizzotti produced the critically acclaimed Pride (Lionsgate), starring Academy Award® Nominee Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. Their next film The Collector, co-written and directed by Marcus Dunstan (co-writer of Saw 4-7), spawned a sequel called The Collection, which was released wide theatrically. They also executive produced Syrup, starring Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Kellen Lutz (Twilight) and Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead). Fortress produced its first short, Sequence, written and directed by Carles Torrens (Apartment 143) which opened the Sitges Film Festival and took home Best of the Fest honors at the 2013 LA Film Shorts Festival. Fortress produced The Hunted, a thriller starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight, The Collector), which was also Stewart’s directorial debut. Most recently, Fortress produced Bloodsucking Bastards starring Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern and Emma Fitzpatrick which will be released by Shout! Factory in 2015.

MAYBE THIS YEAR PRODUCTIONS is a dynamic film and television company that boasts decades of experience in multiple facets of media, marketing, and developing innovative and compelling feature film, documentary and television projects to entertain a broad range of audiences. The company was founded by Brandon Evans, who previously co-founded Media Makers, LLC, which specialized in Corporate Sponsorship for Live Concerts, Sporting Events and Television Specials as well as Product Placement for Television and Feature Films. Brandon was also Co-Founder / Director of Business Development for Big Picture, Ltd, where he specialized in producing world-class music and television concerts sold for worldwide distribution including Sting, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Seal, Pink, and many more. MTY currently represents one of Ireland’s biggest celebrity chefs, Kevin Dundon, having launched his full signature Housewares Collection and an award winning television series.
 

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