Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment-owned ad-supported VOD platform, May 21 announced it would launch the original zombie horror film The Clearing on June 4. The film will debut on May 25 on the Crackle Channel on Amazon Fire TV devices, available for early access in 34 million U.S. homes.
Crackle, which is minority-owned by Sony Pictures Television, features other exclusive content, including Crown Vic, On Point, ’85: The Greatest Team in Football History, Wonders of the Sea, Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life and Going From Broke.
The Clearing stars Liam McIntyre (“Spartacus”) as a father who takes his daughter, played by Aundrea Smith (“Diary of a Future President”), on a weekend camping trip during a mysterious disease outbreak. The film also stars Sydelle Noel (“GLOW”) and Steven Swadling (“Kickboxer”).
Set at the dawn of a zombie apocalypse, The Clearing unfolds amid tensions between Tom (McIntyre) and his wife (Sydelle Noel) over his parental responsibilities and the time he spends with his young daughter Mira (Smith). Tom takes Mira on a camping trip, only to discover the impending disaster that leaves the pair trapped in a clearing in the woods, fighting to make it out alive.
“For the segment of our audience that loves zombie movies, The Clearing follows in the footsteps of our other horror offerings, such as Office Uprising and the Dead Rising film series,” Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said in a statement.
The film was acquired by Screen Media Ventures, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company and the supplier of original content for Crackle Plus. Seth Needle, SVP of Worldwide acquisitions at Screen Media Ventures, negotiated the deal on behalf of Crackle Plus.
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