The cleverly titled zombie comedy Witness Infection, from director Andy Palmer and screenwriters Carlos Alazraqui and Jill-Michele Melean, will be released on a variety of cable, satellite and Digital HD platforms across North America March 30th, 2021 via Freestyle Media.
Palmer’s latest stars Melean (“Mad TV”, White Latina), Robert Belushi (“How I Met Your Mother”, Sorority Row), and Erinn Hayes (“Children’s Hospital”, “Kevin Can Wait”, “Medical Police”). The work also features the performing talents of Monique Coleman (the High School Musical film series, “Dancing with the Stars”), and Joseph D. Reitman (“Happy!”, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). Alazraqui, Melean, and Warner Davis produced the project.
As stated in the press announcement for the picture, the story concerns: “Two rival mob families who are transferred from the Witness Protection Program to the same city by mistake. Life has always been pretty protected for Carlo Serrelli. But his past is about to come back and bite him. Carlo’s father has kept him out of the deadly mob business by giving him a job at the family dog groomers, while his younger brother, Dominic, has always done the dirty work.”
“All that is coming to an end as Carlo’s father has to force him into an arranged marriage with the daughter of the rival Miola family boss. Carlo’s two best friends, Gina and Vince, vow to help him get out of this predicament, but they all get in way over their heads when a serious infection starts eating the town. The good news is that Carlo may not have to get married after all — but the bad news is that everyone might die.”
The movie had its premiere at the 2020 HA Comedy Arts Festival. Afterwards, it won Best Feature at HorrorHound and the Die Laughing Film Festival. The effort also received the award for Best Director at Die Laughing and the Frostbite Film festival. It was also honored with the Audience Choice Envy Award at the Sin Film Festival.
When speaking about the feature Palmer said, “I’m so excited for the release of my third feature collaboration with Carlos Alazraqui. And the fact that he and Jill-Michele Melean trusted me to bring one of their scripts, Witness Infection, to life makes it all the more special. I’m extremely proud of Witness Infection, and hopefully we do for eating sausages from a questionable looking food truck what Jaws did for swimming.”