Following a deal that has entered Music Box Films into a multi-year partnership with Amazon Prime Instant Video, a press release announces that the film distributor has acquired We Are Twisted F—ing Sister from director Andrew Horn. We Are Twisted F—ing Sister is a rock documentary that recounts the history of Twisted Sister, known to many as “one of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 1980s”
“Andrew Horn has delivered a quintessential rock documentary,” said Music Box Films’ Ed Arentz. “It’s a film that obviously speaks to Twisted’s legion of fans, but will allow a whole new audience to experience the ’70s NYC suburban rock club scene in all its sweaty, grimy, glittery glory, and what it took to become its undisputed masters.”
When Twisted Sister got their big break with their third LP, Stay Hungry, which was released on May 10, 1984, Twisted Sister had already been on the scene for nearly a decade, touring clubs and struggling to make a name for themselves via word of mouth promotion. It wasn’t until MTV came along, providing a venue for Twisted Sister to showcase their louder-than-hell music combined with wild, over-the-top theatrics, that Twisted Sister was really able to reach a worldwide audience.
Thanks to the invention of music videos, songs like “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” which reached number 21 on the U.S. charts, were able to reach new generations with angry music that made popular themes of parent vs. child conflicts and criticisms of the educational system.
In November of 1985, Twisted Sister followed up their Stay Hungry LP with Come Out And Play, featuring a cover of the 1964 hit “Leader of the Pack,” which first became a hit for the female pop group The Shangri-Las.
We Are Twisted F—ing Sister recounts those early years that led to Twisted Sister becoming known as “the band that killed disco.” The documentary recounts Twisted Sister’s struggle to make it big through testimonials from band members, managers, and from Twisted Sister’s biggest fans. We Are Twisted F—ing Sister is scheduled for an August theatrical release.
We Are Twisted F—ing Sister has already debuted to limited audiences at the IDFA in Amsterdam and was screened at Goteborg Film Festival earlier this year.
Twisted Sister has reunited for a farewell tour, which was prompted by the sudden passing of longtime drummer A.J. Pero. The Twisted Sister tour, which will kick off in 2016, is appropriately titled “Forty and F— It.”
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