This October An Ancient Creature Escapes The Tar Pits In ‘Tar’ (Trailer)

September 16, 2020

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Howling Wolf Productions’ creature feature, Tar is set to have an exclusive theatrical run in select drive-in theaters this October.


Based on legends, the film begins in the murky depths of Los Angeles’ world-famous natural attraction, the La Brea Tar Pits wherein ana ancient secret lies – a creature that is suddenly awoken by construction on the subway. The creature emerges to strike terror in the hearts of the city leaving residents and tourists alike fighting for survival.


Golden Globe® Nominee Timothy Bottoms, Aaron Wolf, Tiffany Shepis, Max Perlich, and Academy Award® Nominee Graham Greene star.


Co-written by Howling Wolf Productions partners Aaron Wolf and Tim Nuttall, Tar aims to reawaken the creature feature genre for a new era.

We want to bring back the fun classic adventure-horror films we grew up on like ‘Jaws’ and ‘Arachnophobia,” Wolf said. “And it’s coming in a year when we truly need Halloween fun. We hope people will enjoy escaping into the new world we’ve created, which is a fresh mix of wild fantasy and LA urban reality, including, very much what’s going on now as it happens, the struggle of a small family business and it’s hopeful rise again. And TAR is based on a true local legend. I can’t wait for everyone to come along for the ride.”


The film has had a long journey, beginning production back in 2017. During our interview with Wolf, he teased the film’s plot and the site’s history.


I’m super psyched to be bringing this to everyone because in a world where everything feels like a remake or a sequel, as a fan I long for new content. I get bummed because like this weekend the two big movies are Baywatch which is a retread of a TV show and Pirates of the Caribbean 5, the fifth movie of the franchise based on a theme park ride. I always look for what is new content out there like Get Out, which was so cool and new. With Tar my goal was to create a new world, something new. It’s never been done before.”

“It’s about the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, which is a very famous thing. There is this murky tar in the middle of Los Angeles and right now the LA subway system is being built.  The La Brea Tar Pits is an archaeological site where things like fossils, Woolly Mammoths, and Saber Tooth Tigers roamed before it was L.A. many, many, many years ago. Man is digging down disrupting the world underneath the tar and it awakens a dormant creature from the tar who then comes up and attacks the city, a family who are spending their last night in L.A. because a man is making them move because he is building condos. It’s wild. Everything goes down right in the middle of L.A.  You will learn about lore, the past,” Wolf continued.  “We are catching a glimpse into this world that we are going to learn a lot more about. It’s something I would want to see, if it came out in theater, as a fan. The fact that I can make it, I feel lucky and blessed.”


The deal was negotiated by 1091 Pictures Emma Manfredi and Sam Curphey on behalf of the filmmakers.

1091 Pictures will unleash Tar on VOD on October 20, 2020, just in time for Halloween.


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