We are excited to reveal that Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting have teamed to bring you the festival midnighter Dementia Part II as part of our brand new collaboration that will also cook up a spring release for the festival hit Honeydew. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news out of the Welcome to Dark Star Virtual Film Festival on Saturday night.
Taken from the pages of Sam Raimi, and delivering absurd gross-out humor and nonstop mayhem, the making of Dementia Part II came out of a dare from Chicago’s Cinepocalype Film Festival and the movie’s producers JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margules. The two must produce a feature-length midnight movie from concept to finished product in one month so that it could make its World Premiere on the last night of the film festival! The film turned out to be Dementia Part II, a tongue-in-cheek sequel to Mike Testin’s 2015 original film.
In Dementia Part II, “Suzanne wasn’t always this confused. She wasn’t always dead either – when an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.”
The film stars genre favorites Matt Mercer (Contracted, Bliss, Beyond the Gates), Graham Skipper (Almost Human, Sequence Break, VFW) and Najarra Townsend (Contracted, The Stylist).
It was produced from conception to its world premiere screening by the writer/director team Matt Mercer and Mike Testin (The Salesman, Dementia) in just 30 days!
Dark Star and Bloody Disgusting plan a theatrical release for Dementia Part II in late spring with the VOD/Digital and DVD release to follow in early summer.
“From the first conversation we had with Mike Repsch and the Dark Star team, we were excited to work with them,” said co-directors Matt Mercer and Mike Testin. “It felt like they were the right company to shepherd the gleefully slimy midnight antics of Dementia Part II to audiences. We had fun making the movie, and in such an unconventional way, and are excited to work with such a cool and progressive distributor to unleash it on eyeballs.”
“Dementia Part II is an immensely unique gross-out journey of a horror film and perfect addition to our Dark Star//Bloody Disgusting collaboration,” said Dark Star Pictures’ Michael Repsch. “From the inception of the project and how it was made to the putrid practical effects used, this is one that audiences should embrace for and enjoy the ride.”
Recently, Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting partnered on its first acquisition on the acclaimed backwoods horror film Honeydew starring Sawyer Spielberg in his feature acting debut. It was written and directed by Devereux Milburn, with the film also marking his directorial debut. Dark Star and Bloody Disgusting plan to release the film in theaters March 2021, with a VOD/Digital release and DVD to follow in April.
— Jon DeHaan (@JonOnAString) January 24, 2021
Just watched the secret screening from the @DarkStarPics/@BDisgusting virtual fest, DEMENTIA PART II and it fits the labels perfectly. It’s weird, it’s interesting and it is beyond DISGUSTING. Had a blast with this nasty horror comedy.
Keep an eye out for it all! pic.twitter.com/0uHh1CGzKk
— Killer Horror Critic (@KillerfromSpace) January 24, 2021
Happy to see DEMENTIA PART II has been picked up by @DarkStarPics and @BDisgusting! Saw it a while back at Screamfest and it was a blast, with @mercershark just killing it. And it’s only like 65 minutes long, which is #bliss
— Brian Collins (@BrianWCollins) January 24, 2021