Virgil Films to Distribute Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan

by Rob Caprilozzi

We have word that Virgil Films is going to be distributing an interesting looking film come June. See the official release below:

AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN, the new horror/creature feature from director Gary Jones (BOOGEYMAN 3) and producer Jeff Miller, has been picked up for distribution by Virgil Films. Virgil will handle domestic DVD and VOD distribution, while Archstone Distribution will handle foreign sales and Cinema Purgatorio will handle domestic theatrical. Theatrical bookings are underway and Virgil plans a June street date for DVD and VOD.

The movie, which has recently undergone a title change from BUNYAN to AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN, won the Audience Award at the Shockfest Film Festival in November and tied for most awards won. Film Radar named it one of the Top Indie Horror Films of the year, with reviewer Jonathan Weichsel saying that it is "a real fun ride.You rarely see this kind of genre film made today with so much care."

"… I enjoyed the hell out of it!" said Bruce Campbell.

"We look forward to more audiences seeing this dark take on the Paul Bunyan legend," says writer/producer Miller. "Brady Bowen at Archstone came out to our premiere in the pouring rain, Joe at Virgil has been behind the movie since he saw it, and Ray at Cinema Purgatorio is excited about showing the movie to theatrical audiences. Gary and I are pleased to have them as partners.And we will have more exciting news to announce soon."

AXE GIANT is a contemporary take on the tall tale of lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Kids at a first-offenders' boot camp discover that the legend of Paul Bunyan is real and must team up with the local sheriff to stop the 15-foot giant's new rampage of terror.

The movie stars genre vet Joe Estevez, Dan Haggerty (TV's "Grizzly Adams"), Tom Downey (SyFy's WAR OF THE WORLDS), and Tim Lovelace (MOSQUITO). Amber Connor, Jesse Kove, Kristina Kopf, Clifton Williams, Victoria Ramos, Jill Evyn, and former WWF wrestler Chris Hahn round out the cast. This is the first major role for Kove, son of veteran actor Martin Kove (THE KARATE KID 1-3, RAMBO).

Miller (BALLISTICA, HELLBLOCK 13) and Jones produced through their company, Kinetic Filmworks, along with newcomer and fellow writer Jason Ancona.Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps handled the bulk of makeup FX, with Kurtzman (creator of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) and Philip R. Garrett (HORRORS OF WAR) joining the team as co-producers. Gary Jones' Acme Art FX created more than 500 visual effects shots for the film.

Edward Douglas of Midnight Syndicate composed the score. Country punkabilly singer Hick'ry Hawkins wrote and performed the original theme song "The Ballad of Paul Bunyan."

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