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First into the market, in 2019, was The Cave, by Thai-British director-producer Tom Waller, which mixed reconstructions and news footage.

The National Geographic documentary, The Rescue, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin played the festival circuit from Sept. 2021 and has been available on the Disney+ streaming platform since January this year.

Veteran Hollywood director, Ron Howard used an extensive Thai cast alongside international stars Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton and Tom Bateman, for his Thirteen Lives produced by Amazon's MGM.

The film was initially expected to receive a wide theatrical release. Instead, it will now have a shorter cinema release from Friday (July 29, 2022), in some countries, before transitioning to Amazon's Prime Video on Aug. 5.

The same day (Aug. 5, 2022), Lionsgate will give a limited theatrical and digital release to Cave Rescue, a re-edited version of Waller's The Cave. A Blu-ray and DVD release of Cave Rescue will be in the market by Sept. 13, a week ahead of Netflix's Thai Cave Rescue.

HBO Max should acquire The Cave/Cave Rescue so that the top four streaming platforms all have their own Thai cave rescue offering.

Idea: A Thai cave rescue Halloween Horror Nights maze. Commission a documentary on the making of it for Peacock.


When it opens, horror-influenced wine bar Deep Red will be the latest entrant into a kind of horror alley in Avondale, just blocks away from deceptively colorful horror-themed coffee shop The Brewed. The neighborhood is also home to the Insect Asylum, a taxidermy museum, and horror-friendly books and records shop Bucket O' Blood. [source]

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