Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Sound of Freedom” Studio Pay it Forward Trick Isn’t Working this Time with “After Death” Release: No One Wants to Know


All summer the entertainment press kept whinging on about a movie called “Sound of Freedom” making over $100 million.

Almost no one — except this column — reminded that Angel Studios was allowing Christian groups and anyone who wanted to “pay it forward” and buy tickets in bulk for people to use for free. It was a scam. “Sound of Freedom” would never have made that money otherwise.

Now Angel Studios has a new release called “After Death.” They’re still offering free tickets but guess what? No one’s going.

In 11 days of release, “After Death” — a documentary — has made just $9.5 million. Theaters are empty. Apparently no one wants to know what happens in a cinematic masterpiece (their words) that explores what happens after we die. We do know what happens when critics see it: a rotten 46%.

That’s because, you know, in the real world, no one knows what happens after we die except the obvious– we are gone. Everything else is supposition or fiction. Sorry. I know that’s tough to hear. But the only the way to find out is to die — and stay dead.

But on November 10th Angel Studios is going to offer a livestream with experts answering questions about near-death — which, frankly, does not qualify as actually being dead.

The “After Death” box office, however, is dead.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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