Nyla Innuksuk’s SLASH/BACK enjoyed a crowd-pleasing debut at this year's SXSW, but if you didn't catch it at the fest, you're in luck! The film is expected to be released in theaters, on VOD/Digital and will stream on Shudder later this year.
Innuksuk's feature directorial debut is set in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a sleepy hamlet nestled in the majestic mountains of Baffin Island in the Arctic Ocean. As the village wakes up to what seems like a typical summer day, without school, void of cool boys (well... except one), and drenched in 24-hour sunlight, Maika and her ragtag friends soon realize the usual summer is not in the cards when they discover an alien invasion threatening their hometown. Underestimated their whole lives, armed with makeshift weapons and their horror movie knowledge, it's time for these teenagers to show the aliens you don't f*** with the girls from Pang.
Innuksuk co-wrote the film with Ryan Cavan (The Secret Goat), SLASH/BACK stars Tasiana Shirley, Alexis Wolfe, Nalajoss Ellsworth and Chelsea Prusky. “It was a dream to make SLASH/BACK alongside my talented teenage cast in one of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet and I am thrilled to be partnering with RLJE Films/Shudder to bring our quirky alien movie to a wider audience,” said Innuksuk. “We look forward to working with our new friends at RLJE Films/Shudder, fellow genre nerds who we feel really appreciate SLASH/BACK and all its heartfelt horror love.”
“SLASH/BACK was a critics’ favorite at SXSW, as seen by its 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films. “The brilliant effects, strong female leads and fun, adventurous story make this a film we know audiences are going to love.”
Innuksuk produced SLACK/BACK along with Daniel Bekerman (The Witch), Alex Ordanis (Percy Vs Goliath), and Chris Yurkovich (Opening Night) of Good Question Media, as well as Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Angry Inuk), Stacey Aglok MacDonald (Qanurli?), and Ethan Lazar (The Prodigy).