If you were eagerly awaiting Death House‘s arrival in theaters this week, we have a bit of bad news. You are going to have to wait one more week. The film’s theatrical release will be delayed by 7 days due to the massive success of Black Panther.
Eric Parkinson, CEO of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House (review) in theaters, had this to say:
Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”
There is good news though, Death House will premiere on Friday, March 2nd and will hold a media event open to the public at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California. 20 cast members, along with additional crew members, will be in attendance.
Following the premiere, Death House will arrive in other theaters on March 9th and 16th. Depending on box office numbers, the film may also show in additional theaters. The change in release date will delay the home video and digital release originally scheduled for July.
Death House boasts the most impressive cast of genre icons ever assembled, including Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley), Danny Trejo (Machete Kills), Tony Todd (Candyman), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Dee Wallace (Cujo), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here), Torsten Voges (31), Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave), Sean Whalen (People Under the Stairs), Richard Speight Jr. (Supernatural), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), Tiffany Shepis (Tales of Halloween), Gabrielle Stone (Rock Paper Dead), Vincent Ward (The Walking Dead), and Bill Oberst Jr. (The Chair). The two main characters, Agent Jae Novak and Agent Toria Boon are played by Cody Longo (48 Hours to Live) and Cortney Palm (Zombeavers).
In the film, “Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arrive at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane—their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of World War II. Prison cells are virtual reality holodecks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. The victims are homeless bused into Death House to play literal victims while killing habits are studied. The results are sick, but only a hint of what goes on here. Hell literally breaks loose inside the facility when an EMP device detonates, killing all power and communication and…releasing every prisoner. Boon, Novak, and Fletcher are caught in a race against advancing prisoner hoards led by occultist Neo-Nazi Sieg. The monsters are freed and they’re going down. Boon and Novak’s fight through Death House turns into a house of horrors with the only hope of escape is descending into Hell and the help of The Five Evils. Events culminate in a violent face to face standoff with absolute evil…only to find that they have traveled down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass. Black is white and white is black and the definitions of good and evil no longer apply… Who are the monsters? Who will escape?”
Writer-director Harrison Smith (interview) released a video asking for support from the horror community. Be sure to check out our interview with Smith and his editorial series on Cynema, hosted by Horror Fuel.