In anticipation of the FrightFest World Premiere of the Ted Raimi led psychological thriller, Failure!, UK-French sales agent, distribution and production company have today dropped a teaser trailer and poster for the film (below). Alief originally nabbed the worldwide rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival following its debut at the Fantastic Pavillion.
Written and directed by Alex Kahuam (returning to FrightFest after his 2021 genre film debut, Forgiveness) Failure! follows business tycoon James (Raimi – The Quarry, “Ash v Evil Dead,” Creepshow), a loving family man who has a crushing bank debt which he must resolve within an hour or lose his business. Greedy associates, back-stabbing friends and even ghosts from his past, all force him to choose between financial ruin… or murder.
Starring alongside Raimi are Merrick McCartha (Senior Year), Melissa Diaz (Ruthless), John Paul Medrano (Seven Days) and Daniel Kuhlman (Voodoo MacBeth) and Noel Douglas Orput.
The film is shot in a single 87-minute take, making Kahuam the first Mexican director to do so in the United States. Told over the course of three acts, the film’s one shot take brings comparisons to 2022’s intense BAFTA-winning Boiling Point, and 2015’s Victoria.
Commenting on the FreightFest World Premiere announcement, Raimi said, “I’, insanely excited to show British audiences this film — I really am — as I’m mostly known to my fans as ‘the horror guy’. I’m proud of that, but this movie is going to show a different side of me that the fans will really dig. Also, it’s at FrightFest, the biggest horror and thriller event in the UK — my kind of moviegoers!“
Director, Kahuam, added, “In 2021 I had the incredible opportunity to have the world premiere of my previous film Forgiveness at FrightFest and now this year we are coming back with Failure! I’m very grateful to Alan, Paul, Ian and Greg for believing in different films who break the traditional and normal form of narrative. The British audiences have always been outstanding supporters of the genre films and we are looking forward to giving them a one-take thriller with black comedy starring brilliant horror icon Ted Raimi.“
Kahuam and Raimi produced Failure! along with Marco De Molina, Kayli Fortun and Jose D. Rodriguez via Kahuam’s Promotora NAE and De Molina’s Spacebrain Entertainment.