A dark tradition becomes a game of torment in Daniel Robbins‘ thriller Pledge, which IFC Midnight will be releasing in limited theaters and on VOD platforms January 11, 2019.
Frat life has never been so scary. And we don’t mean the recent wave of headlines and controversies. Inspired by the rise of the ‘social’ thriller, Pledge promises to take a centuries-old American tradition to new extremes and explore the power dynamics that have led to so many deaths on American campuses.
Meagan reviewed the film out of its Fantasia World Premiere and explained that:
“Pledge delivers twisted thrills to a familiar story.”
Produced by New York-based Stag Pictures in association with BoulderLight Pictures (Dismissed, Bad Match), the film stars Zack Weiner (Uncaged), Phillip Botello (“Criminal Minds”) and Zachery Byrd (“Blindspot”) as nerdy freshmen pitted against menacing frat bros Cameron Cowperthwaite (“American Horror Story: Cult”), Aaron Dalla Villa (“Duels”), and Jesse Pimentel (“Resident Evil 7: Biohazard”).
FEW GET IN. NONE GET OUT: Pledge would make any freshman think twice about joining Greek life.
Here’s the film’s official trailer.
Daniel Robbins’ frat horror-thriller Pledge had its premiere at Screamfest, and today we have word via Deadline that IFC Midnight obtained U.S. distribution rights.
Pledge is directed by Daniel Robbins from a screenplay written by Zachary Weiner. It stars Zachery Byrd, Aaron Dalla Villa, Zachary Weiner, Phillip Andre Botello, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Jesse Pimentel, Joe Gallagher, Jean-Louis Droulers, and Erica Boozer. Mark Rapaport, Keaton Heinrichs, and Akiva Nemetsky produced, while JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margules served as exec producers.
The film will get a theatrical release in January.
Three nerdy college freshmen, who have been rejected and ridiculed by just about every fraternity on campus, are invited to an off-campus to a party at a secluded mansion. There they are treated like princes by the resident brothers and the party is everything they dreamed college would be—beautiful women, drinking, and most importantly, a cool group of guys willing to accept them as one of their own. When the friends are presented with an opportunity to pledge the elite social club, they accept without hesitation. However, as the gruesome, dehumanizing hazing progresses, a more sinister picture of the club emerges.