“Self-Storage,” a horror movie from Woodhaven Production Co. and Verdi Productions, was sold to Screen Media Films of New York last week after the successful premier of sister film "Infected." The storage-themed thriller starring Eric Roberts, Jonathan Silverman and Michael Berryman was sold on its 90-second trailer alone. "That's how good this film is," said producer Chad A. Verdi.
Zombie story "Infected" premiered at the "Rock and Shock" annual horror convention in Worcester, Mass., on Oct. 13. It will hit select theaters on Oct. 25 and will have a worldwide video-on-demand release that will reach more than 100 million homes in the first quarter of 2013, Verdi said.
"Self-Storage" and "Infected" are part of a four-picture deal in the process of being signed with Screen Media, with the remaining two movies to be complete by the end of 2014. Upon the delivery of each film, Screen Media will acquire all worldwide rights.
"It's a win-win for both companies," Verdi said. "We are making films knowing they are already sold and have distribution while SMF receives a constant flow of films for their pipeline.
Verdi's goal is to produce all four films in Rhode Island, but recent events could prohibit this from happening, he said.
Directed by Tom DeNucci and shot in East Greenwich, R.I., "Self-Storage" is still in post-production and is expected to be released in March. It features DeNucci in the lead role of Jake, a night watchman at a highly secured self-storage facility. Jake’s friends are home from college and looking to party, so he invites them to his work to indulge in a night of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. However, the characters find themselves trapped in an evening of pure terror. Also in the film are Eliza Roberts and professional wrestlers Tommy Dreamer and Thea Trinidad.