The award-winning slasher film Murder In The Woods will be released at drive-ins and theaters nationwide on August 14 and be available on VOD and Digital on September 18. The film sold out in 24 hours when it premiered at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. During it’s run at the festivals Murder In The Woods won 9 awards including Best Film at the LA Skins Film Festival and XicanIndie Film Fest as well as Best Supporting Actor (Kade Wise) and Best Soundtrack and Best Sound Design at the Macabre Film Festival in New York. This film stars an exclusively multicultural cast who all play non-stereotypical roles in this thriller. Director and Producer, Luis Iga Garza talked about the reason for making the film.
I realized that this type of film had never been done in English for a mainstream audience, where Latinos and people of color are the leads and they are not portrayed in stereotypical ways. This is why, while developing this indie feature, we were very conscious of making sure there would be a diverse cast in lead roles.
The film Murder In The Woods focuses on a group of college friends, who ignoring advice plans to celebrate a birthday at a remote cabin in the woods, and soon after their arrival, they discover dark secrets that the cabin holds which leaves them fighting for their lives. Have a look below at the new trailer released for this thriller.
Writer and Producer, Yelyna De León had this to say about the film,
For us, it’s important for this story to be universal, but being Mexican-American, it was also important for the script to include cultural Latino references such as El Dia de los Muertos, The Chupacabras, and other stories that are recognizable. We purposely showed authentic moments, such as the alters to honor our ancestors, and blessings when we leave the house, memorable experiences that we share with our families.
Murder In The Woods stars José Julián (Jesse), Jeanette Samano (Fernanda), Chelsea Rendon (Chelsea), Catherine Toribio (Celeste), Kade Wise (Jule), Jordan Diambrini (Gabe), Kurt Caceres (Raul), Max Chavarria (kid), Yelyna De León (Carmen), Soledad St. Hilaire (Nana), Rolando Molina (Jesus) and Danny Trejo (Sheriff Lorenzo). The film was directed by Luis Iga Garza, written by Yelyna De León and produced by them both.