Slasher Comic Comes to Life in ‘Random Acts of Violence’ Trailer

Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence will bring to life the pages of a horror comic book, about a horror comic creator whose slasher killer comes to life in reality, and the official trailer for the film, premiering in August on Shudder, looks bloody fantastic.

From the official press release: A cult-hit in the making, Jay Baruchel’s long-anticipated Random Acts of Violence, adapted from the popular 2010 horror graphic novel by the same name, is a force to reckon with. The Canadian filmmaker and actor, best known for his comedic films like This is the End and as the voice of Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon series, has long been committed to bringing Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s vicious pages to the big screen, and Baruchel wrote, directed, produced, and stars in the upcoming film.

Random Acts of Violence explores ideas of legitimizing cruelty, the responsibility of the artist, and what makes a monster in society. Masterfully lensed by award-winning cinematographer Karim Hussain (Hobo with a Shotgun, Brandon Cronenberg’s Possesor), the film holds a ferocious mirror up to art, society, and violence.

Featuring a knock-out cast, iconic kills, and a pulsating score from celebrated punk all-star Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire, Black Lungs) and composer Andrew Gordon Macpherson (Vice’s Dark Side of The Ring) Random Acts of Violence makes for a truly subversive sophomore feature from Baruchel, and the slasher film of the Summer.

The official synopsis: What are the real consequences when life begins to imitate art? Comic book creator Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams of Cabin in the Woods), his wife Kathy (Jordana Brewster of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson of Saw III, IV, V and VI), and best friend, Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra (Baruchel), embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con, and bad things start to happen. People start getting killed.

It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using Todd’s “Slasherman” comic as inspiration for the killings and as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become victims themselves, Todd will be forced to take artistic responsibility.

Random Acts of Violence will premiere on Shudder on August 20.

Check out the official red band trailer and poster below!

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.