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Failure! – Ted Raimi’s psychological thriller gets a trailer

UK-French sales agent, distribution and production company Alief has announced that the Ted Raimi led psychological thriller, Failure!, will have its World Premiere at FrightFest on August 28th. Alief picked up worldwide rights at the Cannes Film Festival in May after Failure! made its debut at the Fantastic Pavillion. To mark the occasion, a teaser trailer and poster has been released.

‘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.

As well as Raimi, the film also stars Merrick McCartha (Senior Year), Melissa Diaz (Ruthless), John Paul Medrano (Seven Days), Daniel Kuhlman (Voodoo MacBeth) and Noel Douglas Orput.

Director Alex Kahuam returns to FrightFest after his 2021 genre film debut, Forgiveness. His psychological thriller Failure! is shot in a single 87-minute take, making him the first Mexican director to do so in the United States. Portrayed in three acts, the film’s one-shot take brings comparisons to 2022’s intense BAFTA-winning Boiling Point, and 2015’s Victoria.

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.

Raimi said he was “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!”

Brett Walker, President at Alief, added “We are proud to have Alex Kahuam’s kinetic thriller World Premiere, Failure! in London. FrightFest and its’ genre audiences are a perfect springboard to launch this intense and wonderfully shot film.”

Miguel Angel Govea, Head of Sales & Distribution at Alief, said “Filming a one-take is so ambitious that only a handful of directors have ever dared make their movie in one continuous, unbroken shot. And the latest attempt by Alex Kahuam ‘Failure!’ is everything but… And boy did he nail it. Joining the ranks of Béla Tarr, Mike Figgis, Sam Mendes and Alejandro González Iñárritu among the successful.”

Director, Alex 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.”

Alief are handling Worldwide sales.

Failure! will have its World Premiere at FrightFest on 28th August 2023.

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