Magnet to Distribute Indie Horror ‘Rubber’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:12 pm,

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Rubber, a little indie horror film about a telepathic, killer radial tire – a killer radial tire named Robert. Rubber is making a great impression at Cannes, as Magnet has inked a deal to distribute the off-kilter film.

Rubber was directed by Quentin Dupieux. It’s likely you haven’t heard of him (or his previous films Steak and Nonfilm), unless you are really into the independent movie market.

Be sure to check out the teaser, clip and pictures from Rubber.

The story behind Rubber is pretty straight forward (well as straightforward as a movie about a villainous tire can be) but just in case you aren’t familiar with the plot here it is:

“Rubber is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to wreak havoc on small desert creatures and various lost items, his attention soon turns to humans, resulting in the most gory vehicular-related mayhem inflicted on screen by an “inanimate” object since Christine.”

Magnet Senior VP Tom Quinn is obviously happy with their new acquisition:

“Robert the tire has to be the most unforgettable villain of the decade. Quentin Dupieux is a crazy genius.”

Adeline Fontan Tessaur of Elle Driver (the production company behind Rubber) is over-the-top happy to have scored the distribution deal:

“Rubber is such an original, quirky film that we couldn’t imagine a better distributor than Magnet. This film is completely crazy—I can’t wait to see the reactions of US audiences.”

rubber movie still 8 Magnet to Distribute Indie Horror Rubber

Everyone involved with Rubber should be very ecstatic – because Magnet, which is an off-shoot of Magnolia Pictures, has quite an impressive selection of films in its arsenal, including: Tomas Alfredson’s great vampire flick Let the Right One In, oriental/action director John Woo’s epic Red Cliff, The House of the Devil, Jet Li’s Warlords, Ong Bak 2, the sequel to the creepy horror film [Rec]2, as well as the films Centurion, Survival of the Dead, and the parkour filled action sequel District 13: Ultimatum.

There is no word yet on a US release date but since the ink on the deal is still fresh, I would guess that an announcement is forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. Since Magnet has yet to really disappoint me with the selection of films they choose, I sincerely hope the Rubber makes its way to a theater near me.

As Hollywood is already remaking Let the Right One In, I wonder how long it will be until they “retread” Rubber (pun intended).

What do you think about Robert the killer tire? Think you’ll check out Rubber?

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  1. Think I’ll give this a miss. It sounds pretty dumb even for such a way out concept.

  2. Sounds like a deleted trailer from Death Planet.

    This won’t get a wide release in the states, and I wouldn’t support a film like this.

    Its a sad day in Cinema when the star of a film is a Tire.

    • What on earth is Death Planet? You mean Planet Terror?

    • 790, I think you are being too hard on the film. IF this guy can pull off such a ridiculous concept as a lone killer tire then I’s say he has one hell of an imagination.

      • Agree. You gotta admit, it’s original!

    • I agree with Paul. Sounds pretty dang creative to me. The point of the movie is that it’s ridiculous. It’s not pretending to be a serious horror film or anything.
      And I love Planet Terror.

  3. Yes Planet Terror.

    Sorry bout that, it was a forgettable film/experience.

  4. Honestly, I don’t think there’s much imagination involved in this. I’m all for crazy/outrageous films (“Machine Girl” is one of my favorites) but this seems like a total cop out. The tire is basically an extremely simple plot device to make things go wrong, which most of the time means the filmmakers will skimp on just plain old great storytelling. Not much imagination there.

  5. Paul I think it sets a pretty low precedent for cinema.

    What’s next a talking screwdriver that flies to mars and meets Mr T, they then mate and create a new life force.

    I’m sure I could even think of a cliff hanger ending for the sequel.

    I mean come this is a joke,,,, Anyone every see “Heat Vision and Jack?”

    • I don’t think this is a low point for anything. I can think of much lower points in cinematic history. That’s why this is a great indie film because it won’t have much appeal to a wide audience.

  6. I’m all about this. Looks sick!

  7. thank you for introducing this to our lives! I never would have heard of this otherwise…there is not enough being done to promote smaller films and I really respect this site for doing so…i’m still tryin to track INK down.

    Although I haven’t seen anything on here about the human centipede!

    • Human Centipede isn’t really something we wanted to cover TBH. While it looks like unique indie horror film, the material was just too stomach turning (for me at least) to even write about it. That’s just my particular taste though. Not saying you won’t enjoy the film :)

      INK is a great film and you can find it just about anywhere. In fact, the producers (while they would rather you buy it) were at one point encouraging people to download it via Torrents.

      • I had a feelin’ the human centipede may not be covered here! I can see how that nastyness would not be for everyone (what does that say about my state of mind that I really want to see it?!?)

        Cheers for the heads up about INK! I’ll have to wait till I get a new multi region DVD player as I can’t find it on region 2…:-(

  8. Ever see the Dark Backwards?

    Anybody,, anybody?