Torino Film Festival



USA 2010 (35mm, 96', )




When Frank’s wife, a former drug addict, leaves him for a pusher, Frank doesn’t know how to cope with the situation until he comes up with an idea: he’ll dress up like a superhero called Crimson Bolt. But Frank knows that in order to win his wife back he’ll have to scale the criminal heights and starts off by attacking a couple waiting in line at the movies. But, like any true superhero, Crimson Bolt needs a sidekick, and he finds one in Libby, a zealous clerk at a store that sells comic books. 


“I don’t distinguish so much between writing and directing – they are all a process of creating the film. Directing is, in one respect, the “writing” of the film itself. That’s why screenwriters are such sad people in general – they create something, and then someone comes in and changes all of it, by the very nature of their jobs. So, because of that, I like directing more. That said, writing this particular film was very easy, and bringing it into existence was very difficult. Most of my films were delivered through caesarian, but this film was endless hours of actual labor.”

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay

James Gunn


Steve Gainer

montaggio/film editing

Cara Silverman

scenografia/production design

William Elliott

costumi/costume design

Mary Matthews


Tyler Bates

interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters

Rainn Wilson (Frank Darbo), Ellen Page (Libby), Liv Tyler (Sarah), Kevin Bacon (Jacques), Michael Rooker (Abe), Gregg Henry (l’investigatore/Detective John Felkner), Andre Royo (Hamilton), Sean Gunn (Toby), Stephen Blackehart (Quill), Nathan Fillion (The Holy Avenger), Linda Cardellini            (l’impiegata del negozio di animali/Pet Store Employee), Don Mac (il signor/Mr Range)


Miranda Bailey, Ted Hope 


This is That, Ambush Entertainment


Amanda Marshall

vendita all’estero/world sales

HanWay Films

James Gunn

James Gunn (St. Louis, MO, USA, 1970) studied at Columbia University in New York and, after starting to work at the production company Troma Entertainment, wrote the script for Tromeo and Juliet (1996). In 2000 he wrote The Specials, in which he also acted, and that same year he published the novel The Toy Collector, which was followed by All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, which he wrote with Lloyd Kaufman. In 2002 he wrote the screenplays of Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2 by Raja Gosnell, which were followed in 2004 by the screenplay for Dawn of the Dead by Zack Snyder. In 2006 he directed his first feature film, Slither, and in 2008 he directed the TV series PG Porn (2008), which he also wrote and acted in.

(Updated to the last partecipation to TFF)

filmografia essenziale/essential filmography

Hamster PSA (cm, 1997), The Tromaville Café (tv, 1997), Sgt. Kabukiman Public Service Announcement (cm, tv, 1997), Slither (2006), PG Porn (ep. Nailing Your Wife, Peanus, A Very Peanus Christmas, cm, tv, 2008; ep. Roadside Ass-istance, Squeal Happy Whores, Helpful Bus, High Poon, Genital Hospital, cm, tv, 2009), Super (2010).

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