Asylum Press trades in horror and the macabre, which makes their partnership with Pretend For Real Studios for a new property called Rough House very sensible. The partnership will lead to both a film and comic series, the latter of which is getting the preview treatment. To be fair, there's also a trailer for the film as well. Rough House is based on a story idea by Mike L. Taylor of Pretend For Real Studios and a feature length screenplay written by Elizabeth J. Musgrave. The project will be released as a digital first 4-issue comic book mini-series through Asylum Press and later in print as a graphic novel.
“I have a long history as a comic book artist and I am thrilled to see my movie concept brought to life on the comic book page,” says Taylor. “We put together a great teaser trailer, we have a killer script and we’re in the process of doing storyboards and concept art for the film.”
The story begins with an athletic young woman known only as “The Girl” who is kidnapped and thrown into a bizarre world of masked serial killers who torment their victims in brutal underground fights, backyard wrestling matches and deadly mixed martial arts bouts. She soon proves herself able to hold her own in death matches against colorful masked killers with names like “Bone Job,” “Baby Fat," and “Skeeter the Devil Boy.” Once inside the Rough House, “The Girl” uncovers dark secrets that possibly link her to a secret government program and to the fighters themselves. As “The Girl’s” psyche is worn down by brainwashing and psychotropic drugs, she becomes more and more of a stone cold killer herself. She must decide whether she will escape the Rough House or stay focused on her true target, the ringleader called “Big Daddy.”
“Mike gave me an outline and together we were able to create an interestingly warped world,” reveals Musgrave. “Each member of “Big Daddy’s” crew is a trained killer, but I tried to inject a tormented soul to each one.”
“We are excited to release this first glimpse into Rough House,” explains publisher Frank Forte. “It’s a dark, twisted tale that delves into what would happen if the victims in a slasher film were bad ass fighters themselves that could give the killers a run for their money…and show the viewer some brutal fight scenes in the process. We also delve into MK-Ultra, The CIA, Black Ops and government conspiracies, it's very twisted.”
Full press release and (rather mature) preview images below.