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Ryuhei Kitamura Returning to Horror with Downrange

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It’s been nine years since Ryuhei Kitamura’s The Midnight Meat Train, and it’s time for the Japanese writer/director to return to horror! Thankfully, it seems that Kitamura (Versus, Alive, Godzilla: Final Wars) feels the same way as his new film Downrange has just been announced, and it sounds right up our alley!

Written by Joey O’Bryan (Motorway, Fulltime Killer), with story by O’Bryan and Kitamura, Downrange focuses on a group of college students who get stranded in the middle of nowhere only to be attacked by a ruthless and unseen villain.

Eleven Arts’ Ko Mori, who is producing the film, states, “It’s an honor and privilege to partner with a director as visionary as Ryuhei Kitamura, whose art has thrilled genre audiences for over fifteen years since first shocking the world with his debut feature, Versus. Our longtime friendship has culminated in this exciting collaboration, and Ryuhei’s dedication to horror, action, and thrillers makes him the perfect fit to helm a film like Downrange – which is nonstop tension from its opening frame.

Kitamura himself adds, “While I’ve created single location films in the past, DOWNRANGE marks a new style of storytelling for me, wherein sustained, breathless terror in a singular location is what drives the entire plot. We’ve crafted a film in which is fueled by relentless dread, and are very excited to share it with horror and suspense fans around the world.

Downrange stars newcomer Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson (Insidious: Chapter 2), Rod Hernandez-Farella, Anthony Kirlew, Alexa Yeames (“The Originals”), and Jason Tobias (“Notorious”). It is currently scheduled to be released in early 2018.

Synopsis:
Six college students are carpooling cross-country when one of their tires blows out on a desolate stretch of country road. Getting out to fix the flat, they quickly discover that this was no accident. The tire was shot out. With their vehicle incapacitated, the group is pinned down and mercilessly attacked by an unseen assailant as they desperately attempt to find a way to escape.

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