Vancouver, BCJanuary 24th, 2017 – Raven Banner Releasing has snapped up distribution rights for Canada on Peter Ricq’s debut feature. Principal photography recently wrapped in Vancouver on the horror/comedy DEAD SHACK which stars Lauren Holly (Dumb & Dumber, Picket Fences), Donavon Stinson (Call Me Fitz), and Valerie Tian (Juno), alongside newcomers Mathew Nelson-Mahood, Lizzie Boyd and Gabe LaBelle.
The film is produced by Amber Ripley of Goodbye Productions, Shayne Putzlocher of Trilight Entertainment and executive produced by Sara Shaak and Glenn Paradis. Director is Peter Ricq, one-half of the Juno-nominated band HUMANS, who are composing an original score for the film. Ricq penned the script along with Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee and Davila LeBlanc, the co-creators of the award-winning animated TV series The League of Super Evil.
DEAD SHACK is a horror dark comedy that centres on three kids who, while on a weekend getaway at a rundown cottage in the woods, must save their hard-partying parents from their predatory cabin neighbor who is intent on feeding them all to her undead family.
“Even though there’s an overall dark element to horror films, you can’t deny the pure entertainment value of them.” says director Peter Ricq. “As a kid, my father showed me contemporary horror and Amblin Entertainment movies that I found myself gravitating towards because of their marriage of horror, comedy and suspense. With DEAD SHACK, I have the opportunity to take an 80’s kid horror flick and turn it into an R rated movie just like my eight-year-old self always wished it’d be.”
“I’m very excited to be working with these filmmakers to bring DEAD SHACK to life. The script is fun and engaging, and we have a strong creative team with an amazing cast of actors who have found a wonderful balance between the film’s comedy and horror elements.” says producer Amber Ripley.
“Peter Ricq is a strong new voice in Canada and it’s an honour to be part of this feature debut” stated Raven Banner’s Managing partner, Michael Paszt
The project was developed through Telefilm Canada, Super Channel and Creative BC with production support from Telefilm Canada and RG Properties.