Dark Sky Films has announced that the action-driven horror film from Steven Pierce (Saturday Night Live), HERD, will have its domestic premiere on Thursday, October 12 at NYCC (New York Comic Con). Coming off of a hugely successful world premiere at Fright Frest, HERD will also be released in theaters and digital platforms on October 13, 2023.
Using film as his medium, Director Steven Pierce made it his mission to explore what can happen when small, insular communities come into conflict with larger society. In his multilayered film HERD, a woman trying to outrun her past ends up trapped between a zombie outbreak and warring militia groups while back in her hometown and must fight for love and survival.
With a blistering pace that never lets up, HERD examines how group-think or “herd-thinking” drives otherwise normal people to incredible and sometimes heinous acts. It updates the horror genre while satisfying the needs of the dedicated horror audience.
When Jamie Miller and her wife, Alex Kanai, try to save their failing marriage by going on a canoe trip in rural Missouri, they find themselves stranded after an accident. Alex breaks her leg during a canoe flip and they must slowly make their way to the nearest small town for help. Upon arriving they find it has been overrun by virus-infected “Heps” and extreme right-wing local militias who are battling them.
The leader of one of the groups, “Big John Gruber”, shuttles them to safety at his bunker where they are welcomed by a seemingly friendly group of locals, but after witnessing personal and gruesome horrors, the women know they must escape. Jamie and Alex now find themselves on the run, caught between the group that saved them, a competing militia, and the growing infected Hep threat.
Directed by Steven Pierce and written by James Allerdyce & Steven Pierce, HERD stars Ellen Adair (The Sinner, Homeland), Mitzi Akaha (Modern Love Tokyo), Jeremy Holm (House of Cards, Mr. Robot), Amanda Fuller (Starry Eyes, Last Man Standing), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Brandon James Ellis (Iron Fist), Jeremy Lawson (TV’s Walker, TV’s The Real O’Neals), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law, Major League, The Dentist) and Timothy V. Murphy (Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds).
HERD will be released in select theaters and will be screened at special events like the aforementioned New York Comic Con:
Midnight Theater – New York, NY: October 12th
New York Comic Con Screening: October 12th
Screenland Cinemas – Kansas City: October 13th
Rogers Theatre- Poplar Bluff:: October 20th
HERD will be released digitally on Friday, October 13th on the following platforms:
iTunes / AppleTV
Microsoft Movies & TV
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