Louisiana Horror Movie to Be Released Despite Katrina

Movie moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein are forging ahead with plans to
release a Louisiana-based horror film this week, as the
devastated region continues to recover following Hurricane Katrina.

Despite the unfortunate timing, the Weinsteins are obliged to release
Venom before their split from production company Disney on
Sept. 30.

But the movie, which features killings and chaos in the state, is only to
be released in 800 cinemas, a relatively low-key number, and the producers
argue that the plot has nothing to do with the recent tragic events.

A spokeswoman for Dimension Films, a division of Miramax, says, “Venom is
a fictional horror film. The film’s plot is completely unrelated to the
disaster in New Orleans.”

Paul Dergarabedian of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations says, “It’s
sort of in the eye of the beholder in terms of how closely someone might
associate this movie with the real-life events in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“They’ll put it out there, people will be able to decide whether it’s
something they want to see, it’ll have its run and that’ll be that.”

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