By: John M Jerva

Fans here in North America have been able to enjoy director Matt Routledge’s intense action-horror pic Tribal: Get Out Alive for a few weeks now but audiences have had a little bit of a longer wait in the UK to sample the bloody martial arts infused thriller which stars Zara Phythian and Ross O’Hennesy. That wait is almost over as the film is set to debut with a special virtual premiere tomorrow August 10th ahead of its August 17th launch on all the major Digital Platforms courtesy of genre specialist Evolutionary Films.

I have promoted the film rather extensively since it was announced a while ago and I’m proud to help support indie actioners like this one and the UK has really been stepping up when it comes to adrenaline laced films such as this one and I Am Vengeance Retaliation. It’s great to see the film receive numerous nominations for awards at numerous film fests as it is richly deserved. Check out the official press release below along with some new images to tide you over until the big day!

The action-packed horror feature TRIBAL GET OUT ALIVE starring Zara Phythian (Doctor Strange) and Ross O’Hennessy (Game Of Thrones) will be released in the UK on 17th August on all major digital platforms by genre specialists Evolutionary Films.


Written by Johnny Walker and directed by award-winning director Matt Routledge, TRIBAL GET OUT ALIVE delivers hard-hitting martial arts action combined with gruesome horror elements to create an adrenalin fuelled adventure that has been highly anticipated by genre fans around the world.

Synopsis: Elite military operative Caitlin Ross retires from service after suffering from PTSD. Along with former team member and close friend Brad Johnson, they opted for the ‘easy life’ and now lead a small security firm. The company are hired by young, troublesome millionaire Richard Kenning to clear and secure the land and property he has recently inherited. Rumours and stories surrounding the land and buildings are dismissed until people start disappearing and the team end up locked in with no escape. It soon becomes apparent they are being hunted and the race is on to get out alive.

Rising action star Zara Phythian showcases her real martial arts credentials in the lead role of Caitlin. Zara started studying Shotokan Karate when she was seven years old and later turned to Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. More recently she has become a student of Wing Chun under Samuel Kwok and Tai Chi under Steve Rowe. In 2006 she became the first British martial artist to be inducted into the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame (IKKHoF) and is a former 13 times World Champion. She is the founder of the Personal Best Academy, ZP Online Training Academy, ZP Sports and through demand has teamed up with Fightertrainingonlineacademy.co.uk to provide an online training platform for martial artists, athletes and fitness enthusiasts worldwide.


Zara is joined on screen by co-star Ross O’Hennessy who is best known for his role as ‘The Lord of Bones’ in the award winning series Game of Thrones.


Building on the success of its North American release by SP Releasing on 7th July, TRIBAL GET OUT ALIVE has been nominated for ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Actress’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Action’ at the LA Motion Picture Festival and ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Action Team’, ‘Best Action Coordinator’ and ‘Best Fight Scene’ by the IDTV Action Festival in Texas.


Evolutionary Films will launch TRIBAL GET OUT ALIVE with an exclusive online premiere event on 10th August in advance of its nationwide UK release on 17th August. The company has also sold the film internationally in a number of other key territories that will release in 2020 including Japan, Korea, Poland, Turkey and for Pay TV on Fox Networks across Pan Asia.


Evolutionary Films’ Creative Director, Ross Boyask, who acquired TRIBAL GET OUT ALIVE for the company, said: “I’ve known Matt Routledge and Zara Phythian for a long time and have always been a fan of their work, so I was really excited to watch Tribal, and then delighted that we could acquire the film and work together on getting it out to the world.”

The film has been enjoying an early US launch on Blu-Ray and DVD via SP Releasing but the U.K. is really pulling out all the stops with a virtual premiere on August 10th where fans can catch it early before it hits wide on all Digital Platforms and VOD on August 17th. Tickets are on sale now for the event so if you live in the U.K. check it out. Pre-Order tickets now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tribal-get-out-alive-uk-premiere-online-screening-tickets-113743513912.

Tribal has been getting rave reviews and had been nominated for numerous awards via the film festival circuit and the movie will be part of the Iron Dragon TV Action Fest which runs from August 15th till the 22nd. Hit up more info on that event here http://www.idtvactionfest.com/.

I have had the pleasure of seeing the film finally after years of promoting it and my review will be up in a day or two but I will say as a sneak peek that it is a brutal and unforgiving mashup of action, horror and bone crunching martial arts action and is definitely a great vehicle to introduce fans to the next action star in Zara Phythian who is amazing in the film. Phythian is this generation’s newest female bad ass and gels perfectly with co-star Ross O’Hennessy who delivers his fair share of brutality as well.

The trailer has been online for a few weeks now so take a peek below at the action and scares that awaits as this one is truly a force to be reckoned with in the genre.

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