Horror-Comedy “Uncle Peckerhead” Gets August Theatrical Release!

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Uncle Peckerhead (Image: PR)

I’m all for horror-comedy films that look different and Uncle Peckerhead does seem to have the potential of checking the boxes I like. It will have a limited theatrical release come August 7, 2020, before becoming available on VOD/Digital come August 11, 2020.

According to the press release, Uncle Peckerhead had a “celebrated world premiere at Panic Fest in Kansas City earlier this year.” It also received a Special Jury Award for Narrative Feature Film at the Calgary Underground Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at the Portland Horror Film Festival.

The official description reads:

Judy, the bassist of punk-rock band ‘DUH’, dreams of traveling the world and becoming a full-time musician with her two friends, guitarist Max and drummer Mel. But when DUH’s van is repossessed hours before they’re set to embark on their first tour, desperation sets in, and Judy strikes an uneasy alliance with a redneck old-timer by the name of Peckerhead, or ‘Peck’, who offers to drive them in his van in exchange for food and gas.

One night after their first show, Peck mysteriously goes missing. Desperate to get back on the road to make their next show, Judy volunteers to look for him. Regrettably, she finds Peck devouring the brains of the promoter who ripped them off earlier. The band quickly comes to realize their new roadie is a cursed, man-eating hillbilly and the “gig life” they’ve always dreamed of is paved with nightmares and half-eaten bodies.

A humorous, yet gruesome take on the roadie/band narrative, UNCLE PECKERHEAD is nothing less than a Faustian gorefest, a madcap music and monster movie, and a horror-comedy with heart.

Uncle Peckerhead is the type of film we don’t come across often, it’s even less often that we see a film with the word “Peckerhead” in the title. Dread couldn’t be more excited to share such a film with you, it’s a really fun ride,” shared Yulissa Morales, Epic Pictures and Dread’s Director of Distribution.

Here’s the trailer!

You can attend a screening (in select theatres) on August 7, 2020. The film will be available for you to enjoy on VOD/Digital on August 11, 2020. The approximate running time is 96 minutes. 

You can follow Uncle Peckerhead on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Uncle Peckerhead has been written and directed by Matthew John Lawrence, and produced by Lawrence, Nicholas Payne Santos, and Kristy Richman. Cinematography is by Kyle I. Kelley and Michael Sutter. It has been edited by Matthew John Lawrence.

As far as my opinion goes, I sensed something when watching the trailer. It just felt queer to me, for some reason. I can’t explain it. So, I decided to reach out to the film’s writer/director on Twitter and asked.

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Twitter via @youngbull and @tempest071990

You know what? I’ll take it. Queerness shares a long history with the horror genre. So, I’m looking forward to seeing what queer elements end up being featured in Uncle Peckerhead.

What about you? Are you interested in checking out this new horror-comedy flick?

Feel free to share your thoughts with us.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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