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    Unconventional Sci-Fi Alien Horror Movie Features IN A VIOLENT NATURE Actor Ry Barrett and Sets Digital Debut for U.S VOD Platforms and DVD on July 19, 2024
    Source: Freestyle Digital Media press release
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    Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired U.S. VOD rights to the strangely bizarre sci-fi alien horror movie THE HYPERBOREAN, which will be available to rent/own on all U.S. digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms, as well as on DVD, starting on July 19, 2024, through Freestyle Digital Media.

    From beyond the land of the ice and snow comes… THE HYPERBOREAN! When a seasoned crisis manager injects himself into a dysfunctional family, and their faltering whiskey company, he must navigate through a public relations nightmare involving a triple homicide, an Arctic ice mummy, and a batch of intergalactic moonshine. From director Jesse Thomas Cook (CULT HERO, SEPTIC MAN) and writer Tony Burgess (PONTYPOOLl), THE HYPERBOREAN is a comedic sci-fi award-winning festival hit starring Liv Collins (THE HEXECUTIONERS) & Ry Barrett (IN A VIOLENT NATURE, THE HERETICS), with critics hailing it as a “bonkers film” that’s both “memorable and complex” (Geek Tyrant). It was nominated for a 2023 Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in SPFX & Makeup.

    Directed by Jesse Thomas Cook, THE HYPERBOREAN was written by Tony Burgess and produced by Samuel Scott. The cast features Ry Barrett (‘Rex Cameron’), genre journeyman and star of 2024 Sundance entry IN A VIOLENT NATURE, and also features Liv Collins (‘Diana Cameron’), Justin Bott (‘Mr. Denbok’), Tony Burgess (‘Hollis Cameron’), Jonathan Craig (‘Aldous Cameron’), Jess Vano (‘Lovie Madison’), Michael Masurkevitch (‘Ian Lamont’), Marcia Alderson (‘Ms. Ladouceur’), Steve Kasan (‘Mr. da Silva’), Justin Darmanin (‘Fontano’), and Greg Collins (‘The Hyperborean’).

    “After 13 horror movies and having tackled zombies, creature features, cults, haunted houses, et cetera., one of the remaining subgenres I had yet to explore was the nearly forgotten mummy film. I was always fascinated by the disastrous 1845 Franklin Expedition, and the discovery of its preserved ice mummies,” said filmmaker Jesse Thomas Cook. “We based the creature design in THE HYPERBOREAN on one of the Franklin mummies buried at Beechey Island. This is our very Canadian ice mummy movie, and we are thrilled to be working with Freestyle on the U.S. release!”

    Freestyle Digital Media
    negotiated the deal to acquire THE HYPERBOREAN with Anelle Dehghani of Raven Banner.

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    About Freestyle Digital Media

    The digital distribution unit of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi- platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, satellite, digital and streaming platforms.

    Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record, and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital

    Media is a true home for independent films. Recent releases include THE ROAD DOG starring comedian Doug Stanhope, SURVIVE starring HBO’s GAME OF THRONES star Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins, the music documentary profiling blues guitar legends Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan, BROTHERS IN BLUES, DEAR ZOE starring Sadie Sink from the hit Netflix series STRANGER THINGS, Jessica Capshaw and Theo Rossi. Other Freestyle Digital Media titles include BEST SUMMER EVER the teen musical featuring a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities, produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, THE WEDDING YEAR starring Sarah Hyland and Anna Camp, THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH starring Danny Houston, UNTOGETHER starring Jamie Dornan, Jemima Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Alice Eve and Billy Crystal, the action-comedy BETTER START RUNNING starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello, THE BACHELORS starring Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush and the award-winning documentary HONDROS produced by Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal.


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    Welcome to SciFi Japan, your source for news and information on science fiction, horror, fantasy and action movies, TV shows and videos.. from classics and old favorites, to upcoming productions and home video releases, to the odd and obscure titles you may never have heard of!

    The mainstream press has largely ignored Japanese tokusatsu (special effects) films, and when the genre has been covered by American news outlets and television the results were often inaccurate and condescending. On the other hand, there have been some excellent fan publications and websites devoted to these films, but Japanese studios have been extremely reluctant to deal with fan groups due to concerns over copyright infringement issues (some fans advocate and promote activities such as video bootlegging and unlicensed downloading). With no direct access to studio news and photos, fan reporting has often been forced to rely on secondhand info and rumors.

    What was missing was a professionally run English news outlet working directly with Japanese studios and filmmakers. So, in 2006, we brought together a talented group of published authors and reporters, film historians, reviewers, festival organizers, and movie makers with ties to the Japanese film industry to launch SciFi Japan (More information on our key contributors can be found here). The only English language news site press registered with all of the major Japanese studios and production companies, SciFi Japan is able to consistently bring accurate and exclusive information on Japanese films and shows to English speaking/reading fans worldwide.

    This site also receives updates from licensees and distributors of Japanese movies in North America, the UK and Australia, and we’re press registered with the major American studios as well. So, while our primary focus remains Japanese llive action and anime news we will rinclude international productions in our "International SciFii" and. "Asian Cinema" sections.

    And in 2012, we launched SciFi JAPAN TV, a web series featuring coverage of tokusatsu events and interviews with Japanese filmmakers. Each episode was shot on location in Japan exclusively for SciFi Japan by the Gaijin Channel production team. 

    SciFi Japan has grown by leaps and bounds over these past few years, and the site will continue to improve. So please bookmark SFJ and check back with us frequently… we’ll do our best to make it worth the effort!



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