“Mayhem” Set to Be Unleashed in Theaters, VOD, & Streaming

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Director Joe Lynch‘s action/thriller  Mayhem, which has been getting some good festival buzz, is set to be released in theaters and on VOD in late 2017. Subscribers to AMC Networks’ horror streaming service Shudder will be able to catch its streaming premier in early 2018. RLJ Entertainment and Shudder picked up the distribution rights while at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28, 2017).

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Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) and Malanie Cross (Samara Weaving) are having a rough day at work.

Steven Yeun (Glenn from  The Walking Dead(2010)) and  Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks (2016)) star as two people caught in an office building during a viral outbreak. The infection causes those afflicted to lose their inhibitions and act on their impulses.

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Melanie (Samara Weaving) wields a mean nail gun.

RLJ Entertainment and  AMC Networks’ Shudder are partnering on the North American release of Joe  Lynch’s action/thriller Mayhem  through  a deal finalized at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.   The film  first premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival to positive  reviews.    Directed by Joe Lynch (Everly) and  written by Matias Caruso, the film stars Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks), Steven  Brand (The Scorpion King) and Dallas  Roberts (Dallas Buyers Club).

RLJE plans to  release Mayhem  in theaters and On Demand in Q4  2017, with the Shudder streaming premiere slated for  early 2018.    Mark Ward, RLJE’s Chief Acquisitions  Officer, and Aurelie de Troyer, Shudder’s VP of Global Acquisitions and  Co-Productions made the  announcement today.

“Joe Lynch’s vision is  captivating,” said Ward.    “He has the  ability to take stories and elevate them with his unique insight and  direction.”

Mayhem  is bold,  fun, irreverent and incredibly fast on its feet,” said Aurelie de Troyer.    “Steve Yeun and Samara Weaving  deliver  stunning performances.    It’s a perfect  fit for Shudder.”

Mayhem  is a very personal film for us that has affected and  engaged festival audiences looking for some insane, cathartic  fun in these  trying times,” said director Joe Lynch. “With RLJ Entertainment and Shudder  working together to bring Mayhem  to the  masses, I am confident that this crazy flick will find its audience in the best  way possible.    It will be for  viewers who  want the choice of a big, bold, loud theatrical experience but it will also  have the convenience and careful  curation of Shudder’s fantastic service.    As a fan and customer of Shudder, I am  proud to know that we are in great company. Mayhem  is  coming for you all soon enough!”

In Mayhem,  an airborne virus infects the corporate tower of a major law firm on  the day attorney Derek Saunders (Yeun) is  wrongfully fired. The infection is  capable of making people act out on their “mosterratic” impulses and  viral rage takes over.    Trapped in the quarantined building, Saunders is  forced to fearlessly fight for his job, his redemption and his life.

Mayhem  was produced  by Avva Pictures Mehrdad Elie & Parisa Caviani along with  Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis & Matt Smith.

Ward  negotiated the deal with Aurelie de Troyer and Paradigm on behalf of the  filmmakers.

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Poster for Mayhem

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.