Outrageous Animated Comedy “Hell & Back” to Debut Nationwide in Theaters with Freestyle Releasing on September 25th

Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Susan Sarandon lend voices to ensemble


Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2015) – Freestyle Releasing announced today that they have acquired all rights and are set to distribute in theaters nationwide the star-studded animated comedy HELL & BACK from directors Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman. Lending their voices to the adult comedy romp about a best friend misadventure into the underworld are Nick Swardson (GROWN UPS 2), Mila Kunis (TED), Danny McBride (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS), Susan Sarandon (THELMA & LOUISE), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), TJ Miller (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series, BIG HERO 6), and Rob Riggle (21 JUMP STREET). The film was written by Tom Gianas (“Saturday Night Live”), Hugh Sterbakov (“Robot Chicken”), and Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”) and produced by Alexander Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Eric Blyler. The wide theatrical release is slated for Sept 25th, 2015.

Remy, Augie and Curt have been best friends since birth. When they jokingly take a blood oath and break it, Curt is dragged to Hell to be sacrificed. The guys must risk everything to save their friend from a slew of misfit demons, Greek legends, and the Devil himself. Are they prepared? No, absolutely not.

The deal was negotiated by Chris Charalambous for Freestyle Releasing and by CAA and attorney Tom Hunter on behalf of the filmmakers. 

“HELL & BACK is just the right amount of wrong!” said Mark Borde, President of Freestyle Releasing. “The comedy is truly outrageous and the star-packed performances are hilarious.”

“We had a lot of fun making an insane film with some of the funniest comedic talent out there. It’s completely inappropriate and we're excited to bring it to theaters everywhere!” said Campodonico.

Recent Freestyle titles include the box office mega hit GOD’S NOT DEAD, Rob Reiner’s AND SO IT GOES starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, the wholesome romance OLD FASHIONED, DO YOU BELIEVE? with Mira Sorvino and Sean Astin and LEFT BEHIND starring Nicolas Cage.

The Exchange is currently handling international sales for the film.

About Freestyle Releasing:
Freestyle Releasing is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios for the purpose of exhibiting their films in a first class theatrical release. The founders and principals of Freestyle Releasing, Mark Borde and the late Susan Jackson, were and are highly regarded and experienced motion picture veterans with a combined total of over a century of respected work in the industry.

About Shadowmachine:

Established in 1999, SHADOWMACHINE is an EMMY award-winning production house for film, television, commercials and music videos. Specializing in animation, with a wide spectrum of projects including live-action, 2D animation, CG and stop-motion, SHADOWMACHINE is defined by its passion for storytelling. Past and present shows include ROBOT CHICKEN (Adult Swim), TRIPTANK (Comedy Central) and BOJACK HORSEMAN (Netflix.)