Indican Pictures announced this past week that actor-turned-producer/director Richard Halpern’s no-holds-barred suspense thriller, W.M.D., will makes its DVD debut on Apr. 28.
It’s 2007, and the president of the United States (played by John Posey — RoboCop 3, Thirst, etc.) is paying a surprise visit to the troops in Iraq when suddenly a trio of frustrated combat veterans — fresh from a harrowing patrol — violently overcome his personal escort and take him captive.
With a live news feed up and running, the president gets a full blown interrogation as to why the Iraq War has gone so horribly bad since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s vaunted Republican Guard. Not only is he brutalized, but an impromptu “waterboarding” is broadcast live.
Of course it won’t end well in filmmaker Richard Halpern’s tautly-wound thriller … the clock is ticking and both the president and his captors will not be allowed to continue for long. Blood will flow, people will die … and the war will go on.
Also on the release calendar from Indican Pictures this week is the Apr. 21 DVD debut of writer/director Zephyr Benson’s Straight Outta Tompkins.
Zephyr Benson, the son of iconic 1970s film star Robbie Benson (Jeremy, Ode to Billy Joe, etc.) is impressive here in his directorial debut, who also produced and stars as Gene, a high school kid who is struggling with the death of mother and the recent abandonment by his father, and now suddenly finds himself way in over his head with Cruz (played by Aaron Costa Ganis), a violent drug lord who has become his “mentor.”
It is not as it seems. Gene, gullible and, frankly, needy, is being used by Cruz to tap into his circle of friends (aka: would-be customers) and as the kid goes further and further down this up-scale rabbit hole it becomes apparent that the “getting-out” part will not be pretty. Addiction and violence … and it all started out with such promise.