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Range 15
Promotional Poster for the movie Range 15.jpg
Range 15 Movie Poster
Directed by Ross Patterson
Produced by Ross Patterson
Written by
  • Billy Jay
  • Nick Palmisciano
  • Ross Patterson
Starring
  • Mat Best
  • Ross Patterson
  • Nick Palmisciano
  • Jarred Taylor
  • Jack Mandaville
  • Vincent Vargas
Music by Peter Bateman
Cinematography Jesus Hernandez
Edited by Adam Beamer
Production
company
Street Justice Films
Release date
  • June 15, 2016 (2016-06-15)
Running time
92 min
Language English
Budget $1.5 million

Range 15 is a zombie comedy film. Released on June 15, 2016, the movie is a collaboration between the veteran-run military-themed apparel companies Ranger Up and Article 15 Clothing, and stars many of their staff members.[1] The movie was produced and directed by Ross Patterson.

Plot summary

After a night of debauchery, five military buddies wake up in the drunk tank only to find out that while they were passed out in their cell, the zombie apocalypse kicked off. Armed only with billy clubs and their military experience, they break out of prison and fight their way to their old base. Along the way, they pick up a whole lot of weapons, a couple of damsels in distress, and, accidentally, the cure.

Getting to the base, however, is only the beginning of their nightmare. Once there, their old boss, Colonel Holloway, informs them that the only place that can synthesize the cure is Range 15, an isolated facility some 300 miles away, through zombie-infested desert. And to make matters worse, the zombies are getting faster with each hour, and Colonel Holloway is sending narcissistic super soldier Gene Vandenham to lead the mission.

They woke up that morning fighting hangovers. Now the fate of the world hangs over their ability to fight.

Cast

Production

Background

The inspiration for making Range 15 was dissatisfaction with the way military are portrayed in many Hollywood movies including characterization of soldiers [2] and inaccuracies in uniforms and use of weapons.

Dakota Meyer and Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor Recipients and former Army Green Beret and UFC MMA fighter, Tim Kennedy participated in the launch video.[2], with SEAL Marcus Luttrell and Clint Romesha (also a Medal of Honor recipient) joining the film's cast.[3] Meyer would later drop out of the film[4] Additional actors signed on included Danny Trejo, Keith David, Dale Dye, Jim O'Heir and William Shatner eventually joined the cast.[5]

Crowd-Sourcing campaign

Ranger Up and Article 15 Clothing launched a crowd-sourcing campaign for Range 15 on Indiegogo in May 2015. The initial goal of the campaign was set at $325,000, which was needed to move forward with production of the film.[1] This was in addition to the $250,000 that each company had already committed to the film.[6] The two companies utilized social media and a large assortment of perk packages to garner support for the film. Perks ranged from digital downloads of the film, executive producer credit, being an extra in the film and being the film's ultimate hero.[1] Within the first 24 hours, the campaign raised over $120,000 and within a week, reached the initial goal.[7]

In June 2015, Range 15 was the 5th highest crowd sourced film on Indiegogo.[8] The campaign eventually exceeded $1 million, making it the 4th largest campaign ever on Indiegogo.[9] Federal Resources Supply Company was the film's platinum sponsor.

Filming

Principal photography began on 5 October 2015. Filming was completed in two weeks and wrapped in mid-October 2015.[4]

Release

The Range 15 World Premiere was held on May 27, 2016, at the GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C., where the film received the 2016 GI Choice Film Award.[10] The public release is scheduled for June 15, 2016, in select theaters across the country.[11] The list of theaters showing Range 15 was released on April 15, 2016. Advanced screenings were conducted at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Hood, Texas.[11]

During the premier release in Hollywood June 3, 2016 leading actor Mathew Best fell and severely injured his left hand.[citation needed]

Marketing

The red band trailer for the movie debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2016, and was released to the public via Facebook and YouTube on January 26, 2016.[12] In an interview with Fox Sports, Tim Kennedy said the movie is "Somewhere between Super Troopers, Zombieland, Team America and The Hangover."[11]

Reception

The film currently holds no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2018 it was panned during episode 227 of the leftist podcast Chapo Trap House. In the episode they describe watching the film as akin to "being pumped full of leukemia."[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ranger Up, Article 15 plan movie with 2 MOH recipients". Army Times. May 12, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Brooks, Drew (May 25, 2015). "Veterans plan a film to challenge Hollywood depictions of them". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ernest, Douglas (May 27, 2015). "Marcus Luttrell joins veterans' 'Range 15' project: 'Not the movie that Hollywood would ever make'". The Washington Times. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Anderson, Jon R. (October 12, 2015). "Veteran-made 'Range 15' zombie flick launches filming". Military Times. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Lilley, Kevin (August 11, 2015). "'Range 15' movie adds William Shatner, nears $900K funding mark". Army Times. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Veterans plan a film to challenge Hollywood depictions of them". Fayetteville Observer. 25 May 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ranger Up-Article 15 movie clears $325K funding goal". Army Times. 18 May 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Range 15 Is Top 5 Most Funded Film In IndieGoGo History". The Havok Journal. 16 June 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Linehan, Adam. "Watch the Ridiculous Trailer for 'Range 15,' Starring America's Greatest War Heroes". Maxim. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-28
  10. ^ "GI Film Festival". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c Martin, Damon. "Tim Kennedy on 'Range 15': The most non-PC zombie movie ever". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  12. ^ Lamothe, Dan (2016-01-27). "Zombies, high-profile veterans share screen in new NSFW 'Range 15' movie trailer". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
  13. ^ Christman, Matt; Frost, Amber; Biederman, Felix; Texas, Virgil (July 11, 2018). "Episode 227 - PEN 15". patreon.com. Retrieved July 15, 2018.  Episode available only to paid subscribers.

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