Most of us own some, if not a whole lot, of Neca‘s action figures and collectibles. I own many of them. I have an army of action figures scattered throughout my room. Ya know.. to ward off evil spirits. Anyway, I would never think that a toy company like Neca, the bad-ass mother fuckers that they are, would want to seize a foot hold into the film distribution business. But, they are.
Neca has partnered up with Wrekin Hill Entertainment’s new Underhill Films banner for film distribution and Lionsgate will handle the U.S. releases. Whoa, ain’t that a pyramid of power, huh?
First up is Fading of the Cries and will star Brad Dourif, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mackenzie Rosman, Paul McCarthy-Boyington and Lateef Crowden.The plans include DVD/Blu-ray/video-on-demand as well as limited theatrical engagements.
Jacob (Jordan Matthews), a young man armed with a deadly sword, saves Sarah (Hallee Hirsh), a teenage girl, from Mathias (Brad Dourif), a malevolent evil that has begun plaguing a small farmland town while in search of an ancient necklace that had belonged to Sarah’s Uncle (Thomas Ian Nicholas).
Jacob sets out to get Sarah home safely, running through streets, fields, churches and underground tunnels, while being pursued by hordes of demonic creatures. Along the way, both come to terms with the demons within themselves – Sarah begins to understand her hatred towards her mother (Elaine Hendrix) and sister (Mackenzie Rosman) may be unjustified and Jacob discovers the secrets of his past, realizing the only way to truly defeat the demons is to return to the very place his family was murdered.
It’s not exactly Lord of the Rings, now is it? Fading of the Cries? Ha! Even the title knows its destined for DVD discount bin at Wall Mart. I applaud Neca’s first and last attempt into the film distribution game, and hope their little film surprises me, but they should probably stick to what they know best. Makin’ toys.