Vertical Entertainment is bringing the thriller The Surprise Visit to on-demand platforms, as well as select theaters, next month.
Based on a true story (and a rather depressing one), The Surprise Visit is about a young woman who decides to visit her mother, and brings along her husband. At the same time, someone else decides to visit HER: an old friend who’s fallen on hard times and openly tells her about his plans to rob her mother. She is…okay with this, as she’s a drug addict just like him and is willing to watch his back for a cut of the cash. Then the “friend” winds up shooting her husband dead. Now they’re really in for it…
“I love that The Surprise Visit is based on a true story that explores the themes of class difference and how desperation can make people do things that they might not otherwise do,” says the movie’s director. “The film is an American tragedy. I chose to tell The Surprise Visit in a gritty and realistic style that was complemented by deep and intense performances from the talented cast. Beyond the film’s thriller veneer, it delivers incredibly dramatic performances, that to this day still send chills through me. Working with the cast and small crew was an amazing experience. In a secluded Virginia setting, we were able to create a very intimate atmosphere that everyone embraced the fullest. I also love that we shot the film at the actual location where the inspiration for the story took place. That just added to the authenticity. It was a pleasure to have contributed to this film and is one I am very proud to have directed.”
The Surprise Visit stars Eric Roberts, Tricia Hawn, Rob Riordan, Jacqi Vene and Serah Henesey, It was written by Stephen Meier based on a story by Serah Henesey and Nathan Cowles, and directed by Nick Lyon. Check out The Surprise Visit in theaters and on demand January 14 from Vertical Entertainment.
When a young couple makes a surprise visit to Mom, they get an even bigger surprise themselves from an old family friend who plans to steal Mom’s valuable jewelry while she is out of town. But when the “easy peasy” robbery goes wrong, resulting in the accidental death of the daughter’s husband, it forces the two young drug addicts to make a difficult decision; to abandon ship, or do the unthinkable.