10th Jul2024

First look Lowell Dean’s action-horror ‘Dark Match’

by Phil Wheat

Canadian director Lowell Dean’s action-horror Dark Match will have its World Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival next month. The 80’s set wrestling film stars Canadian actors Ayisha Issa (Transplant) and Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V, The Walking Dead), along with pro wrestling legend Chris Jericho (Terrifier 2).

Penned by Lowell Dean (Wolfcop), the film was produced by Dept. 9 Studios’ John K. MacDonald, Don Depoe, and Michael Feehan, as well as Michael Peterson and Rhonda Baker. Blue Finch Films has boarded worldwide rights (excluding Canada).

Wrestler ‘Miss Behave’ has her name for a reason. She‘s an ill-tempered beast in the ring and far from satisfied with her status in her amateur wrestling league. Miss is tired of playing the heel, pandering to abusive fans, and being overlooked by the “big show”. But that said… she also needs to work.

Miss hesitantly agrees to take part in a non-televised “dark match” roadshow that’s literally in the middle of nowhere – the money is THAT good. But when she and her fellow wrestlers reach the creepy destination, they realize too late that the weekend won’t go as planned.

They’ve been lured by small town satanists with serious ulterior motives… and a very mysterious leader. The wrestlers are drugged. Faces (hero wrestlers) are separated from the heels (villains). When the event begins, Miss and her friends are pitted against each other, one at a time, in a kill or be killed event that’s part gladiator match, part ritual sacrifice.

Dark Match will premiere on Sunday, July 21st at 6:30pm at the Henry F. Hall Building at Concordia University.

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