Emagine Entertainment will be hosting the North American Red Carpet Movie Premiere of Dark Planet Releasing’s highly anticipated horror movie Thorns, at their Royal Oak, MI theatre on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The premiere will feature red carpet arrivals by key cast and crew including horror film legend Doug Bradley, and Michigan natives, Writer and Director, Doug Schulze and Editor and Co-Producer Julie Schulze. There will also be a live Q&A prior to the film hosted by Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. Emagine Royal Oak is located at 200 N. Main Street in Royal Oak, Michigan. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.Emagine-Entertainment.com.
Thorns has played to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences at film festivals worldwide, including Sitges Brigadoon Festival, Fright Fest in London, Monsters of Film and was the closing night film at the New York City Horror Film Festival. Thorns features horror icon Doug Bradley, who is well-known for his role as the lead Cenobite “Pinhead” in the Hellraiser franchise films and winner of the 2023 New York City Horror Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In Thorns, Archbishop Jenkins (played by Doug Bradley) mentors an ex-priest working for NASA who is sent to investigate a remote observatory that went silent after receiving a mysterious radio signal from deep space. Upon arrival, he discovers the signal opened a portal unleashing a thorned monster. The former priest must now summon his lost faith to stop the signal from spreading hell on earth.
“At its core, Thorns is an homage to 80’s era monster movies, from our use of practical effects to a synth fueled music score and lots of easter eggs. Hellraiser, The Thing, Alien are all great films with even greater practical makeup effects. For me, the best horror cinema steers away from the computer realm when pursuing all things visceral. Thorns is meant as a visceral experience,” said Doug Schulze, Thorns Writer, and Director.
As the horror genre continues to stimulate and excite, fans will be able to see Thorns at select Emagine Theatres for a limited engagement beginning February 23 before the release expands later in 2024. The film will be shown at Emagine Royal Oak, Emagine Canton, Emagine Novi, and Emagine Rochester Hills during its first run.
Thorns, which was shot entirely in Michigan at the Motion Pictures Institute in Troy and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was created by Michigan based independent filmmakers Doug and Julie Schulze. “Emagine Entertainment is delighted to extend its support to independent filmmakers by offering them a platform to showcase their films. We take pride in providing a remarkable experience for both filmmakers and their guests, allowing them to witness their creations on the big screen, just as they were intended to be seen,” expressed Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. “It is truly an honor for Emagine to host the Red-Carpet premiere and Q&A session for the film Thorns, with esteemed guests Doug Schulze and Doug Bradley in attendance. This event promises to be an exhilarating experience for all attendees.”
The Red-Carpet event begins at 6:30 on Saturday, February 17. At 7:00pm Doug Bradley and Doug Schulze will answer questions from the audience during a live Q&A. The film will begin immediately after the Q&A at approximately 7:45pm. Tickets for the Red-Carpet Premiere and Q&A are $13.25 and available now at www.emagine-entertainment.com.
One of the most celebrated and compelling horror icons returns to the big screen as Doug Bradley, who received the 2023 New York City Horror Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In Thorns, Bradley, known for his role as Pinhead in the Hellraiser franchise, mentors an ex-priest working for NASA and is sent to investigate a remote observatory that went silent after receiving a mysterious radio signal from deep space. Upon arrival, he discovers the signal opened a portal unleashing a thorned monster. The former priest must now summon his lost faith to stop the signal from spreading hell on earth. RATED R
Written and directed by Douglas Schulze, the film stars Doug Bradley, Cassandra Schomer, Jon Bennett, and Bo Schumaker.