The last announcement for films screening at the upcoming Fantasia International Film Festival was so huge you may have missed that Teller’s Play Dead will be making its world premiere at the Fest. In honor of the occasion, a trailer for the film has arrived.
From the Press Release:
Teller, the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller, will have the world premiere of his performance film of PLAY DEAD, the Off-Broadway horror hit starring Todd Robbins, on Friday, July 27th, at Montreal’s 2012 Fantasia International Festival. Teller and Robbins will both attend.
In this “wild, wicked… gleefully grotesque orgy of death and fright” (New York Times), Robbins talks to the dead, murders audience members, evokes the ghosts of psycho-killers, and plunges the screaming, laughing theater audience into total darkness among glowing ghouls and howling demons (“the perfect excuse to grope your date…” – actor Neil Patrick Harris).
This feature film includes the “fiendishly frightening” (New York Post) blackout segments shot in infrared, to allow filmgoers to glimpse some of the magical secrets the live audience never got to see.
This “funny, furious, and wholly enthralling” (Wall Street Journal) theatrical experience was created by Todd Robbins and Teller, and has been artfully captured by New York filmmaker Shade Rupe (T Is for Trick), edited by Emery Emery (The Aristocrats, Green Room), and with music by Emmy nominee Gary Stockdale (The Aristocrats, “Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!”).
Thrill seekers, spiritualists, lovers of magick and the occult, have we got a show for you. Behold: PLAY DEAD, an enormously entertaining live performance film directed and co-written by the legendary Teller (of Penn & Teller), shot by Dark Stars Rising author Shade Rupe, and performed by the supernaturally charismatic and brilliantly funny illusionist/sideshow performer Todd Robbins. What is it? A no holds-barred recreation of the live midnight spook shows of yesteryear!
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