Fathom Events, Raven Banner Releasing and Swissploitation Films have today announced that Johannes Hartmann and Sandro Klopfstein’s grindhouse epic Mad Heidi will be screening in theaters nationwide for a special one-night engagement this coming June 21 at 7:00 p.m. local time.
Fom first-time feature directors Hartmann and Klopfstein, Mad Heidi puts a new spin on the classic tale of “Heidi,” bursting with elaborate sets and jaw-dropping practical make-up and gore effects. The film finds its heroine (Alice Lucy) all grown-up and living an idyllic life in the Swiss Alps with her beloved grandfather (David Schofield) far above an increasingly-dystopian landscape presided over by Our Very Swiss Leader (Casper Van Dien) – a ruthless dictator bent on world domination through dairy. But when her goat-herding lover (Kel Matsena) is brutally murdered by government thugs for distributing illegal cheese, Heidi embarks on a wild quest for vengeance that will bring her toe-to-toe against fierce female prison inmates, cheese-fueled Swiss super-soldiers, ninja nuns, and more, as she fights to take down the tyrannical regime and restore freedom to Switzerland.
Mad Heidi is the latest fresh twist on a classic favorite to screen in theaters through Fathom Events, following the distributor’s hugely succesful theatrical screenings of the indie shocker Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood And Honey last February. Exclusive to the Fathom event, the audience will be treated to an introduction from the film’s protagonists Van Dien and Lucy as well as the films co-directors Hartmann and Klopfstein.
Mad Heidi will open on screens across the United States from Fathom Events. The film will also be available across Canada at select Cineplex locations. And, in the meanwhile, we’ll leave you to savour the directing duo’s ingenuity in the official trailer below.