Radio Silence Productions

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Radio Silence
Motion Picture
GenreHorror, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller,
Founded2011, USA
HeadquartersLos Angeles, United States
Key people
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Chad Villella
WebsiteOfficial Website

Radio Silence is a trio of filmmakers based in Los Angeles.[1] The group is known for V/H/S, Devil's Due, and Southbound, as well as their previous work together as Chad, Matt & Rob.[2][3][4]


L-R Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Chad Villella on February 2, 2016, at the Southbound premiere.

Radio Silence was formed in 2011 by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella. The collective had worked together previously as Chad, Matt & Rob and were known for their unique blend of comedy, adventure, sci-fi and horror. Martinez later left the group.[5]



The Radio Silence segment of V/H/S titled 10/31/98 is set on Halloween as a group of friends go in search for a Halloween party.

According to an interview with Complex, Radio Silence was brought into the V/H/S fold after producer Brad Miska saw Mountain Devil Prank Fails Horribly. Their segment was shot over four days around Los Angeles in August 2011. [6]

The film was purchased at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival by Magnolia Pictures for slightly over $1 million.[7] Limited theatrical release began October 5, 2012 in the United States and November 1, 2012 in Argentina. It was released onto DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download on December 4, 2012, and a limited edition VHS version was released on February 5, 2013.

Devil's Due[edit]

In 2014, the group's horror thriller Devil's Due was released on January 17, 2014, by 20th Century Fox. Made for $7 million, the film went on to gross $36.9 million.

Director Eli Roth was vocal in his support of the film and in a series of posts on his official Twitter account, wrote "Don't pre-judge Devil's Due because Rosemary's Baby is a 'holy grail' movie. It's so smart, creative, inventive, and fun. Very very scary. The guys at Radio Silence killed it. Devil's Due is a legit scary, smart, horror film. So many awesome scenes. I loved it."[8][9] Scott Weinberg of Fearnet described the film as "a darkly passionate homage to Rosemary's Baby, the similarities are both intentional and affectionate."[10]


Southbound premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and released theatrically by the Orchard on February 5, 2016.[11]

The New York Times' Neil Genzlinger gave the film a positive review and wrote "Its five segments do what they're supposed to do—unsettle you—but as a bonus, they also leave you wanting more. These are fragments more than complete stories, and the incompleteness is its own kind of creepiness. The filmmakers aren't after tidy tales, neatly connected and concluded. They know that the human mind finds loose ends unnerving." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times, who wrote that "It's one of the smartest and scariest movies in recent memory"[12][13] and Rolling Stone's David Ehrlich wrote that the movie was "Like episodes of Twilight Zone that a baked Rod Serling might have written after watching Carnival of Souls, these chapters are eerie to the extreme, and seedy enough to make you feel like you're watching something you were never meant to see. It gets under your skin because it knows there's nothing scarier than realizing that—no matter how far you drive—the evil in your rearview mirror is always closer than it appears."[14]

The Memory Thief[edit]

On October 30, 2017, it was announced that the trio would adapt Bryce Moore's novel The Memory Thief for 20th Century Fox.[15]


The Crawl[edit]

On Halloween 2016, the trio premiered their first podcast titled The Crawl with Radio Silence described as "In-depth conversations with film and TV artists of all stripes for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most interesting and overlooked careers in entertainment."[16]

Listener Ethan Dean finds The Crawl with Radio Silence to be a "unique and intriguing podcast, lined with knee-slapping gassers for any audience."

Chad, Matt & Rob[edit]

The group first worked together on a series of Interactive Adventures and a found footage short film called Mountain Devil Prank Fails Horribly for the Chad, Matt & Rob website.[17][18]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Miska, Brad (2011-12-1), "'V/H/S' Will Premiere at Sundance 2012" Bloody-Disgusting
  2. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (2011-10-13), "Wingard, West headline new Bloody Disgusting film." Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2011-12-1), "Delusional Teenagers and Other Sundance Offerings." New York Times
  4. ^ Erbland, Kate. "Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Midnight Madness and Vanguard Slate".
  5. ^ Lion, Brian (2012-9-25), "The Short Cut: An Interview with Radio Silence." Under The Gun
  6. ^ Barone, Matt (2012-10-5) Complex
  7. ^ Lowe, Justin (January 27, 2012). "V/H/S:Sundance Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  8. ^ Roth, Eli (6 December 2013). "Don't pre-judge #DevilsDue because Rosemary's Baby is a holy grail movie. It's so smart, creative, inventive, and fun. Very very scary". Twitter. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  9. ^ Roth, Eli (6 December 2013). "The guys at @HiRadioSilence killed it. #DevilsDue is a legit scary, smart, horror film. So many awesome scenes. I loved it". Twitter. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  10. ^ Weinberg, Scott. "Devil's Due (review)". Fearnet. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  11. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2015-10-8) The Wrap
  12. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (February 4, 2016). "'Review: 'Southbound' Tells Five Horror Tales, All Set on a Desolate Highway': Film Review". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  13. ^ Roeper, Richard (February 4, 2016). "'SOUTHBOUND: FIVE TIME THE SCARES IN A MIND-BENDING HORROR ANTHOLOGY': Film Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  14. ^ Ehrlich, David (February 4, 2016). "'Southbound': Film Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  15. ^ Busch, Anita (October 17, 2017). "'The Memory Thief' Will Be Adapted By Radio Silence For 20th Century Fox". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
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  17. ^ Lawton, Christopher (2009-02-04), "Video Sites Entice Users To Stay and Play." Wall Street Journal
  18. ^ Todd Wasserman Mashable "Chad, Matt & Rob Return with 'Treasure Hunt.'" (January 26, 2011)