Are you ready to rumble?! On April 6th, IFC Midnight will release Lowlife, a no-holds-barred action/thriller/drama/black comedy from director Ryan Prows. Check the top of this article for a trailer, and look below for a new poster for the film.
Based on the trailer and poster, I’m pretty stoked for Lowlife! It looks like the filmmakers have an affinity for grimier grindhouse fare, but aren’t just relying on film grain to tell the story. Early reviews have compared Lowlife to Pulp Fiction, but it runs at about half the length. That’s a change that I welcome. Furthermore, I’m happy to see a luchador starring in a movie. There simply aren’t enough luchadors in movies. I’m keeping my fingers crossed so that in twenty years we can look back and say, “Remember Lowlife? the film that kicked off the Luchador FIlm Renaissance? That one was so good!” And if a luchador film wins an Oscar, even better!
Here’s the film’s official synopsis, as written on the IFC Midnight site:
What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate—and a ruthless crime boss—connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.
IFC Midnight will release Lowlife on VOD and select theaters on April 6th. If you live close to one of the theaters that’s screening this movie, go see it on the big screen! To learn more about Lowlife, check out the film’s Facebook, IMDb, Twitter, and IFC Midnight pages. For other horror news, set your homepage to Nightmare on Film Street.