Live Animals, the "audience choice" award winner at this year's On Location: Memphis film festival gets a national DVD release today via Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. The film, from local writer/director Jeremy Benson is an authentically creepy and brutal thriller in the tradition of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Hostel. It stars Memphis actor John Still as a human trafficker who, with the help of his henchman (Patrick Cox), abducts young people, holds and "breaks" them at his secluded rural farm, and sell them. The film's atmosphere is so effectively uncomfortable that your mind might trick you into thinking the film is more gory than it really is.
The DVD release — which includes a "making of" documentary and deleted scenes — will be celebrated tonight with a party at 7 p.m. at the downtown bar the Silly Goose (100 Peabody Place).
For a sample of what to expect, watch the film's trailer below. For more on Live Animals, check out the film's official site.