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Evil over the airwaves in “DEAD AIR”; trailer & poster

Monday, January 25, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

No relation to the Bill Moseley zombie movie of the same title, the supernatural chiller sees release next month.

Freestyle Digital Media has announced that it will release DEAD AIR on digital HD Internet, cable and satellite platforms February 19, followed by DVD on February 23. The film was directed by Kevin Hicks and written and produced by Vickie Hicks; the duo also star along with Chris Xaver, Luca Iocovetti, Madison Skodzinsky, Mackenzie Skodzinsky and Bruce Levitt. The synopsis: “DEAD AIR is the story of what happens to a man, William [Kevin Hicks], who is suffering from the repressed memory of an old trauma. When William discovers a ham radio and stumbles into contact with a woman with a dark secret of her own, the deceptively innocent relationship leads William to a horrible truth and changes him forever.

“Cleaning out the home of his newly deceased mother, William stumbles across some belongings of his father, who died when he was just a boy. Among his father’s things, he discovers an old ham radio and, fascinated, attempts to use it. Over the airwaves, he stumbles upon a strange woman, Eva [Vickie Hicks], who suffers from paranoia and agoraphobia, and hides a dark secret of her own. Wary at first, she slowly begins to thaw, and they strike up a distant friendship–their respective radios the only thread that connects them. But Eva isn’t the only thing that comes to him through the radio. Something desperate has stirred, attempting to reach William, to take hold of him and pull him into the shadow world of memories best left forgotten. The two worlds collide, and William is rushed down a path that is paved with deceit, lies and an awful truth, a truth that pulls him into a world of darkness from which he cannot escape.”

“In addition to interesting and complex characters, DEAD AIR’s story will surprise everyone, as one twist leads to another,” say the Hickses. “It was exciting for us to explore what we could do with a haunted radio, and the consequences of talking to strangers.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.