APOCALYPTIC SATIRICAL COMEDY HOT TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVELY ON VHX
Glydascope-Magnet Films is pleased to announce today’s release of the apocalyptic satirical comedy HOT, based on the award-winning play for Daniel Keleher and directed by Victor Warren. HOT is launching exclusively on the streaming video service VHX, a digital distribution platform backed by major angel investors including Chris Sacca and Fred Wilson that empowers independent artists to sell video content directly with their audience. In addition to the release of the film, Glydascope is also releasing two new movie posters and a trailer for HOT.
This actually sounds like a lot of fun. Sort of has a Weekend at Bernie’s vibe, but with a darker twist. As far as this new streaming service, VHX, I’m willing to give it a chance. I’m definitely a physical media over streaming kind of guy, but for smaller releases like this I think these types of streaming services are a fantastic idea.
HOT is a comic yet ultimately devastating look at an apocalyptic future Los Angeles torn apart by a dangerous virus, most of its victims left unconscious to die slowly. Life-long best friends Jones (Steven Strait) and Benny (Zachary Knighton) are holed up in an ostentatious penthouse with Jones spending his days caring for his comatose fiancée (Kate Siegel). Their only connection to what remains of the outside world is a militia member named Horn (Noah Segan) tasked with patrolling the city for newly infected citizens. Benny grows increasingly jealous of Jones, and strikes a deal with Horn to procure Benny his own girlfriend…albeit, in a coma.
With brutal language and imagery, alternately funny and horrifying, Keleher’s play tears back the curtain of social niceties to reveal the animal instinct of men. Warren’s background in theater lead him to option the piece from Keleher, who is the past recipient of the George Burns and Gracie Allen Fellowship for Outstanding Comedy Writing and the Skirball/Kennis Playwrights Award.
Sonnier and Warren even embraced the DIY mentality when it came to the marketing. With virtually no budget to make a preview, the filmmakers tracked down Tim Gonzales, who gained popularity on YouTube for cutting a modern-day trailer for THE LAST STARFIGHTER and fan trailers for “Supergirl” and WONDER WOMAN. HOT is Gonzales’ first paid gig as a trailer editor.
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