Shudder Snags Punk Rock Splatter-fest THE RANGER

One of my favorite movies out of this year’s SXSW Film Festival was Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger. At the time, I called it the most legitimately punk rock horror movie since 1985’s Return of the Living Dead. It’s also a brilliant upending of established “Final Girl” tropes and a poignant exploration of loss and grieving. Most importantly, it’s bloody as fuck!

We’ve just gotten word that AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder has acquired The Ranger for distribution. Since it’s launch, Shudder has become a must-have for any self-respecting horror fan with a library that puts Netflix’s genre selection to shame. They’ve also had tremendous success picking great horror movies to back, and The Ranger is a perfect addition to their roster.

According to Variety, who go the exclusive:

Shudder picked up North American, U.K., Australia/New Zealand and Germany/Austria rights. The deal was negotiated by Shudder’s Emily Gotto and 79th& Broadway Entertainment’s Andrew van den Houten, on behalf of Hood River Entertainment and Glass Eye Pix.

“Jenn Wexler’s feature debut is a smart, stylish and subversive take on the ‘80s slasher, and we’re delighted to bring it to Shudder members,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s general manager.

We don’t have an exact release date for The Ranger yet, but we’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.

Wexler co-wrote The Ranger with Giaco Furino; the film stars Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, and Granit Lahu.

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