If you ask me, and no one did, the Trost Brothers’ 2011 dystopian gang dance off, The FP, doesn’t get nearly the love it should. This should be raised to bona-fide cult status by now. Last year, we heard they’re working to Beat-Beat a sequel into reality, and it sounds like their efforts were successful. The FP 2, titled Beats of Rage, has a badass new poster and a ton of fresh details.
If this Beats of Rage poster, which debuted like a debutante at Screen Anarchy, looks familiar, there’s a good reason for that. This image sprang forth from the sick-and-twisted mind of Thomas Hodge, the man behind the similarly themed poster for Jason Eisener’s Hobo With a Shotgun.
I can and often do go on at great length extolling the virtues of The FP. But if you don’t know about it, check out this trailer below. And even further below that, you’ll find the entire press release about Beats of Rage.
Last we heard, they were trying to crowdfund Beats of Rage. That must have gone well, because the press release says the “ghetto-ass fantasy” will debut at “a major U.S. genre festival” in October, 2018.
That’s good news. I’m curious where it will bow. Fantastic Fest seems ready made for Beats of Rage, but that’s in September. Sitges is a fit, but that’s in Spain. Telluride Horror Show may be a possibility. As is the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, though that’s a wee babe in comparison. If I had to place money on it, I’d be Screamfest in L.A., but what the hell do I know?
Whenever we finally see Beats of Rage, I’m going to Beat-Beat the shit out this thing!
POSTER FOR “THE FP 2: BEATS OF RAGE” REVEALED!
Sequel to Indie Favorite Sports Retro Art By Thomas Hodge (Hobo With a Shotgun)
North Hollywood, CA – Any follow-up to 2011’s beloved post-apocalyptic comedy The FP has huge Beat-Beat boots to fill. But if the just-revealed poster art is any indication, director Jason Trost is delivering everything we loved about the original in his sequel, Beats of Rage.
“We wanted everything about Beats of Rage to build on and do more of what people loved in The FP,” Trost said. “My hope is that, when they see this super badass poster by Tom Hodge, people will have a sense of how much fun the movie is, and the kind of wild ride they’re in for.
Created by hand-drawn poster legend Thomas Hodge (The Dude Designs), the official poster for Beats of Rage features a gleaming, pitch-perfect title treatment inspired by the arcade game at the heart of the FP universe, where gangs settle turfwars with battles on “Beat Beat Revalation” dance decks. Flames explode behind it.
At the center of the action, surrounded by characters dressed in dystopian Americana, Beat-Beat champion JTRO (hero of the first film, played by the multi-tooled Trost) has returned. He’s ready for a fight. Looming threateningly over them all in a column of blue and purple light is the sole collector himself, AK-47.
Beats of Rage is a “ghetto-ass fantasy” set in an apocalyptic world locked in a booze drought. It continues the story of fan-favorite JTRO, a Beat-Beating champion from a legendary bloodline of beat-beaters.
Despite hanging up his boots following the events of The FP, JTRO must return to the blood sport of Beat-Beat Revelation one last time. JTRO and KCDC – his mystical hype man – will quest deep into The Wastes, a land decimated by the Beat Wars, to compete in the ancient Beat-Beat tournament, “Beats of Rage,” face AK-47 – and, hopefully, save the world.
Trost plans to debut the film at “a major U.S. genre festival” this October, with more information to be announced on Trost’s Facebook page soon.