No one, or perhaps everyone expected the huge record-breaking success of Marvel’s Black Panther, either way its box office dominance has proven inconvenient for smaller niche pictures such as genre fave Death House that was slotted to premiere this Friday.
Death House is a virtual Noah’s Ark of horror icons from Kane Hodder to Sid Haig to Dee Wallace and much more. But it cannot move into theaters that want to make available more screens for Black Panther.
“Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther,” said Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House. “But we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film,” he concluded.
Death House will now roll out on March 2 with a special media event taking place at Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California. The event will be attended by over 20 cast members and crew and will be dedicated to the late Gunnar Hansen who passed away shortly after completing the first draft of the Death House screenplay.
The film will also open on March 2nd at the Stroud Mall in Stroudsburg, PA, which will feature a Sunday evening special event and presentation by director B. Harrison Smith.
A week later the film will open in select theaters on March 9 and March 16. Based on that success more screens will be added.
A DVD, VOD roll out is slated to happen in July.