Random Acts of Violence trailer brings an r-rated comic book to life
Shudder has released the official red band trailer for actor-director Jay Baruchel’s slasher film adaptation of Random Acts of Violence, giving us a preview of the gruesome deaths that will be featured in the film. Also starring Jesse Williams, the film had its world premiere at the 2019 Fantastic Fest in September and will be having its streaming debut in the US, UK, and Ireland on August 20, exclusively on Shudder. It will also be arriving in Canada in theaters and on-demand on July 31. Check out the video in the player below!
Based on the graphic novel by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Random Acts of Violence follows the story of comic book creator Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams), along with his girlfriend, Kathy (Jordana Brewster), assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson), and best friend and Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra (Baruchel) as they go on a road trip. On their way from Toronto to New York for Comic-Con, bad things start to happen and people start getting killed in a fashion eerily similar to the kills portrayed in his Slasherman comic. It becomes clear that a very avid fan is out there following them and hurting people, and using Todd’s comic as inspiration. As the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become targets and victims themselves, Todd will be forced into taking responsibility for everything his ideas have wrought.
The movie stars Jay Baruchel (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Jordana Brewster (Fast and Furious franchise), and Niamh Wilson (Saw III). Baruchel — who expressed his desire to direct the movie adaptation of Random Acts of Violence a few years ago — co-wrote the screenplay for the horror feature alongside writing partner Jesse Chabot.
Random Acts of Violence is produced by Elevation Pictures (The Imitation Game, Room, Moonlight). Noah Segal (The Hummingbird Project) and Randy Manis (Margin Call) serve as producers with Williams, Chabot, Ricky Tollman, Jonathan Bronfman, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Justin Gray set as executive producers. Ariella Naymark serves as co-producer.