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Film Spurs Cult--of the Deadly Awful?

A fight scene from "Royal Kill." (21st Century Films)

When life hands you lemons ... write a press release about your awesome lemonade. The producers of low-budget kung-fu flick "Royal Kill" (filmed in D.C.!) didn't mind our critic Dan Zak's thumbs down last week ("don't see it, under any circumstances"). They celebrated with a press release: "Cult-Film Washington Post Does Not Want You To See." The release, reprinted on, declared Zak's pan will "bring the independent film to the cult status" and "proves that small projects can leave a gigantic impression." Yesterday, they made the best of their $26,278 opening-weekend take with another release bragging that the per-theater average (it's in five cinemas across the country) was higher than that of Seth Rogen's "Observe and Report" (in 2,727 theaters): "One of the lowest budgeted movies ever to play at the multiplexes."

By The Reliable Source  |  April 17, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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I saw it at AMC Hoffman with a 80% full theater and actually thought it was better than almost every other movie playing at the multiplex. I think what's more newsworthy than the 'cult' thing is the ending. It completely shocked everyone. People didn't move till the very last end credit. A lot of people couldn't believe they actually ended it so dark. Its nothing like I've seen in a movie ever before.

Posted by: jscott1900 | April 20, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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