Saturday, September 22, 2012

Premiere Announcement

The announcement of the official premiere date for Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies was made today! The text of the press release follows.

Art Aperitif Announces Premiere of Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies


Putnam, CT – Art Aperitif Productions is proud to announce the premiere of the new web series Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies, a horror-comedy starring Meredith Prunty, Brian Farmer, Jimmy Folco, Savannah Reinitzer, Elizabeth Percy, and Kallie Tabor. The series is written and directed by Jason Bachand.

Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies is a new entry in rapidly growing film sub-genre – the “zom-com,” or zombie comedy. The series' plot revolves around a high school cheer squad on a weekend getaway. They find themselves facing off against the hillbilly “Po'Dunk” clan who have turned themselves undead by way of a barrel of toxic chemicals. The cheerleaders must work together to survive a deadly game of cat and mouse deep in the woods of rural Connecticut.

Meredith Prunty, who just completed filming on Jason Reitman's Labor Day with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, stars as cheer squad captain Candie. Prunty is joined by an ensemble of rising stars on the New England film scene including Kallie Tabor, who appeared with Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars, Jimmy Folco who can be seen later this year in Marcus Nispel's Backmask, and Miss Teen New Hampshire runner-up Taylor Kudalis.

Director Jason Bachand says the series was inspired by campy but creepy films like Scream and Shaun of the Dead. “The zombies provide the scares, of course,” says Bachand. “And for the laughs, we poke fun at the dubious quality of some parts of American culture. We're lampooning two stereotypes in fact, the Jeff Foxworthy hillbilly and the persistent image of the cheerleader as vacuous and inartistic. I think ultimately we want to satirize both.” And why would redneck zombies have it in for a group of hapless cheerleaders? “It's an expression of class differences,” Bachand explains. “The cheerleaders - educated, carefree, and middle class - represent everything the rednecks dislike. These two groups are opposite poles on a continuum.” 
The cast unanimously praised the script and congenial atmosphere on the production. “I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing group of people,” said Taylor Kudalis. “I cannot wait for the series premiere.” Brian Farmer, who plays Po'dunk patriarch Dwight, was lured by the chance to play a redneck zombie. “This project gave me the chance to create a unique character and explore things within myself that I never knew were there.” It was a challenge, he admits, but well worth it. “This series is without a doubt something you should see. It's new, cutting edge, and will have you hanging on by the edge of your seat.” “When I get a script, I look for any cool ways I might kill or be killed. Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies scored on all aspects for me,” said zombie performer A.F. Grant. Added Ashley Tramonte, who plays cheerleader Alexa Bell: “You will be hooked in the first few seconds!”

Other members of the cast highlighted the merits of the series as a new and exciting entry into the genre. Actress Emmy March called it “exhilarating” and hoped the audience experiences the “the energy and excitement that everyone put into it.” Jimmy Folco, meanwhile, who plays one half of the stars (and bars)-crossed couple Jed and Roseasharn (Savannah Reinitzer), said “I am happy and excited to be part of a fun and thrilling experience with a web series that I have complete confidence will succeed beyond our entire cast and crew’s wildest expectation.” Folco is hot off the set of Marcus Nispel's (Friday The 13th) Backmask. That movie was filmed at the former Ladd Institute in Exeter Rhode Island, and Folco was pleased to be called back to the same location in late August to do press and publicity for Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies. “I want everyone to watch and enjoy this crazy zombie horror story with a funny southern fried twist that I guarantee will have you’ll screaming and laughing,” he said.

Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies will premiere on its own Youtube channel ( on Thursday, October 17 at 8:00PM. For more information on the series, see

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