First Run Features has acquired all North American rights to “Suspended Animation,” the new feature by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker John Hancock (“Bang the Drum Slowly,” “Weeds,” “A Piece of Eden”). “Suspended Animation” brings Hancock back to his roots in the dark realm of the psychological-horror film genre, where he terrified two generations of moviegoers with his 1971 cult classic “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death.” Bet ya forgot about that one, didn’t ya?
After causing a commotion on the festival circuit, “Suspended Animation” will open on Halloween at theaters in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and will expand to other major markets afterwards.
“Suspended Animation” focuses on Hollywood animator Tom Kempton, who is separated from his friends during a snowmobile trip in the frozen hills of Northern Michigan. Stranded in the wintry wilderness, he seeks shelter in an isolated cabin which is home to a pair of sisters. While in their company, Tom is taken captive and discovers the women are psychotic killers with a talent for cannibal cuisine–and Tom is set to be the main course. A last-minute rescue saves Tom’s life and leaves the sisters presumed dead. But upon returning home to Hollywood, Tom develops an unhealthy obsession with one of his captors that ultimately threatens the life and welfare of his family.
“I’m so pleased to have such a distinguished director with so fine a body of work to allow us to release his scary and funny new film,” said Seymour Wishman, president of First Run Features.
This Halloween looks like it’s going to be kick a*s, kids!

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