Nestled in picturesque (and pleasantly spooky) Providence, Scorpio Films Releasing - helmed by prolific filmmaker Richard Griffin and his partner Ted Marr - has been churning out high quality, high entertainment genre love letters for over a decade. No era is safe from their pointed humor and dizzying array of cleverness in the face of microbudgets. Where most "throwback" projects fail, Griffin's crew succeeds in paying homage to classic sci-fi, horror, and exploitation by balancing humor, a keen eye for detail, and a true love for the films they're referencing. Films like The Disco Exorcist (Mike's Review), Nun of That, and Exhumed (My Review) prove that solid technique, witty writing, blasphemy, and the occasional naked breast can overcome most monetary deficiencies. I dare you to watch any of those films and not crack a smile! I know Mike and I are more than a little giddy when we hear of a new project by the company.
The film is written by acclaimed playwright turned screenwriter Lenny Schwartz of the Daydream Theater. He says of Murder University: "It certainly is the bloodiest thing I have ever written and it is filled with things I have never done in the theater: blood, sex, extreme violence and nudity. And that positively fills me with glee."
Starring Jamie Dufault, Michael Thurber, and Samantha Acampora, MURDER UNIVERSITY is the company's most violent and gory film to date. It will premiere in late July of 2012. As always, check here for screenings, trailers, and any other information. Be sure to attend our screening of Griffin's Exhumed (Double Feature with Patrick Rea's Nailbiter) on Friday, May 11, 10 pm at the Somerville Theater in lovely Somerville, MA.