Writer/director Michael McCartney’s razor-sharp, LGBTQ+-themed horror-comedy Roommate Wanted will have its World Premiere at the renowned Salem Horror Film Festival (taking place October 2nd through 4th, 2020).
An edgy cocktail of shocks, suspense, and knowing, timely satire, Roommate Wanted is a comedic thrill ride showcasing a fresh and diverse cast that pits Maria, a strong-willed Black heroine facing an uncertain future and her own identity crisis, along with her carefree college roommates against their seemingly perfect new tenant, Dean, who is actually an escaped mental patient with multiple homicidal personalities. Now, Maria must face her own inner fears and step up to confront their murderous new roomie before his blood-soaked rampage overtakes them all!
“I’ve always loved horror films because they are the perfect combination of escape, artistry and subversion,” says the film’s writer/director Michael McCartney. “I love the challenge of telling a story that has mixed tones, as well as delivering larger social themes masked with laughs and thrills.”
Along with its cast and crew made up of people from all over the world including; Brazil, the Bahamas, South Africa, Russia, Kazakstan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Australia, China, amongst others, this inventive character-driven thriller also features signature music and songs by the acclaimed queer punk band GRLwood, who lend their distinctive musical voice to the film, marking their very first cinematic collaboration. The band boasts an impressive and fervent fanbase, with more than 50,000 Instagram followers and over 750,000 on Spotify! Check out their “I’m Yer Dad” music video from the film below.
“We are so excited to unleash our film at Salem Horror Film Festival!” enthuses McCartney. “They completely understand and respect all genre fans. It’s the perfect fit and the perfect, inclusive audience for us. We just can’t wait for everyone to see it!”
Virtual festival passes for online screenings of Roommate Wanted, which is showing during the fest’s October 2-4 “Weekend I” along with other films and events, can be purchased now HERE.
Roommate Wanted is written and directed by Michael McCartney, produced by McCartney, Gill Holland, and Sholpan Murabuldayeva, co-produced by Matt Verboys, and associate produced by Joe Sikoryak, Luke Sweeney, Jeremiah Lucas, Jade Truglio, and Melissa Sullivan. The casting director is Paul Hertel and the music is by Tree Adams, with additional music by GRLwood. The editor is Dmitry Labzin, the production designer is Melissa Sullivan, and the director of photography is Konstantin Frolov. The film stars Angelique Sabrina White, MJ Garcia, Jack Shulruff, Ricky Cruz, and Isabela Valotti.
Follow Roommate Wanted on Twitter @WantedRoommate.
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