Venezuelan Thriller ‘Jezabel’ Due on VOD and Digital Nov. 7 From Film Movement

The Venezuelan psychological thriller Jezabel will be released on VOD and digital Nov. 7 from Film Movement’s Omnibus Entertainment label.

In the film set in Venezuela, where political and social chaos reigns, four best friends, Lolo, Cacá, Eli and Alain, live a carefree lifestyle as wealthy young adults in Caracas. Their hedonistic relationship, full of drugs, group sex and dangerous games, comes to an abrupt end when one day Eli is brutally murdered. Still haunted by her death 16 years later, Alain is shocked to discover that Eli’s alleged killer is not who everyone believes it to be. With the help of a journalist, Alain must confront the ghosts of his past in this erotically charged psychological thriller.

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Festival wins include at Barcelona-Sant Jordi International Film Festival Best Actor (Gabriel Agüero) and at Festival del Cine Venezolano Best Movie, Best Actor (Gabriel Agüero), Best Supporting Actress (Johanna Juliethe, Shakti Maal, Eliane Chipia), Best Editing (Clementina Mantellini), Critics and Press Award (Hernán Jabes) and Amy Courvoisier Special Press Award.

Erotic Thriller ‘Rub’ Pegged for Digital Release Aug. 1

The erotic psychological thriller Rub will debut on cable VOD and digital HD sellthrough Aug. 1 from Entertainment Squad.

Written and directed by Christopher Fox, the film focuses on a lonely incel whose visit to a massage parlor has consequences he never anticipated. Rub had its world premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival and Fox took home the Best Director Award at the 2023 Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Madrid.

Micah Spayer portrays Neal, a lonely everyman opposite Jennifer Figuereo (Lola) as a sex worker with whom he forms an unlikely bond. Westley Barrington Artope (The Get Down) and PJ Landers (Kingpin) round out the key cast. Fox’s Stupid Ears Films produced Rub in conjunction with Cellar Door Films, and Charlie Comparetto and Antoine Allen served as executive producers.

Rub is a film for anyone who’s struggled with feeling like an outsider,” Fox said. “Writing the script in 2020 and coming out of the pandemic, mental health has been an issue across all walks of society, and I wanted to tell a different kind of love story.”

Entertainment Squad is a boutique distribution company founded by industry veteran Shaked Berenson. Previous releases include Lili Taylor’s mental-health comedy/drama Paper Spiders and Tribeca’s Audience Award-winner Cherry.

Documentary on Erotic Thriller Home Video Genre Acquired by Yellow Veil Pictures

A documentary on one of the hallmarks of the early home video era — the erotic thriller — has been acquired by Yellow Veil Pictures ahead of its world premiere at the Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans, which opens March 30.

Anthony Penta

We Kill for Love — written, produced and directed by Anthony Penta — is slated for domestic release later this year, with an international sales launch at the upcoming Marche Du Film in May.

The film also will get a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release later in the year.

We Kill For Love chronicles the birth and development of the erotic thriller genre, which soared to popularity in the early 1990s and revitalized the videocassette rental business prior to the launch of DVD. Erotic thrillers combined bodily pleasure with danger, and while some films, such as 1987’s Fatal Attraction and 1992’s Basic Instinct, were box office successes, most erotic thrillers were produced and released exclusively to the home video market by such companies as Prism Entertainment and Academy Home Entertainment.

We Kill for Love is part film essay, part documentary, and part casefile,” Penta said. “It’s a record of my prolonged investigation into a forgotten but once lucrative film movement — the direct-to-video erotic thriller — as well as a fantasia on its themes. For six years I tracked down the prime suspects of these films and I recorded their stories. I traveled the country to interview the academics and film writers whose books and articles explored its mysteries. I’m very happy to be partnering with Yellow Veil Pictures on the release of this film, and I’m sure it will serve as a permanent monument to not only a lost film subgenre, but a bygone era of American cinema.”

Joe Yanick, co-founder of Yellow Veil Pictures, added, “We Kill For Love is a home run for erotic thriller fans. It’s one of the most in-depth looks at genre cinema and serves as more than just a love letter but pushes the conversation and spotlights films that have often lost out to their more glamorous theatrical counterparts.”

The film stars filmmakers Andrew Stevens, Jim Wynorski, and Fred Olen Ray; film stars Monique Parent, Amy Lindsay, and Kira Reed Lorsch; film scholars Linda Ruth Williams and Abbey Bender; and others. Media Play News publisher and editorial director Thomas K. Arnold also was interviewed for the film.