10th HARD:LINE Film Festival: April 6th until April 9th 2023

The Retaliators

Director: Samuel Gonzalez Jr., Bridget SmithUSA 202196 minutesFSK 18 (unchecked)
Ostentor CinemaWed. 06.04.202219:00Opening filmGerman premiere

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That is what it is about

As the local pastor, Bishop holds his faith high and even turns his cheek in dicey situations. This drives his two daughters up the wall. Of course, Bishop has to give in when the older one wants to go to a party. But when Sarah witnesses a serious crime, the perpetrator drives her to her death. For Bishop, a world comes crashing down. For him it is clear: he will look for the perpetrators and hunt them down. But where he goes, there are no gods. Here there is only revenge!

What you should know

What sounds like a hard-hitting revenge thriller naturally strikes a crude note and of course the film celebrates its nihilistic interior. But THE RETALIATORS also celebrates the savagery of the genre, it enjoys playing with its protagonists and the audience, and it has a blast kicking so much ass in the final act that it makes you look like a car. This film is terrific fun for crossover fans and genre geeks! What a soundtrack! What a grenade!
Original title: The Retaliators
Rights holder: Better Noise Films
Language: English original version
Cast: Joseph Gatt, Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca, Jacoby Shaddix
Film Festivals: Buffalo Dreams Film Festival, FrightFest, Monster Fest, Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival, Screamfest


Samuel Gonzalez Jr. is not only a director and Emmy-nominated producer. He is also an Iraq War veteran and a big fan of slightly harder rock music. That's what connects him to Bridget Smith - that and Papa Roach. While Gonzales Jr. shot the video for "The Ending", Smith devoted himself to the culture clash of Papa Roach and The Hu in the video for "Wolf Totem". Now they're teaming up for the first time with THE RETALIATORS and what comes out is as hard and strong as a well-cultivated riff!
The Retaliators, Directors

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