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Zombeavers’ Takes a Bite Out of the Oscar Nominees

Zombeavers has been causing a buzz on the Internet in recent weeks, and its trailer has already amassed over 1.8 million YouTube views.

Now the microbudget horror film is getting its teeth into the Oscar-nominated films, with a collection of spoof posters for the “Zombeaver Awards.”

See Gravity like never before, with Sandra Bullock’s character as a beaver flashing her sharp fangs as she floats through space.

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Even the reviews have a satirical twist, with the “director’s mom,” saying there is “too much nudity, too many swear words.” And “someone on YouTube” begging, “No, just … no.”

Joaquin Phoenix is transformed into a snarling, furry beast with glowing eyes for the Her poster, as blood drips from his incisors.

Meanwhile, the American Hustle beaver displays all the dapper style of the ensemble cast in a burgundy smoking jacket, yellow-tinted aviator sunglasses and a blue cravat.

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Directed by Jordan Rubin, Zombeavers follows a rampage of killer beavers hunting college students, and it is already an online sensation.

“To me it’s all about doing it straight. It’s a serious situation. It’s pure horror. Playing to the reality is so funny,” Rubin previously told The Hollywood Reporter when asked if his creation was the next Sharknado.

Zombeavers was buzzed about at the Berlin Film festival this year and is eyeing U.S. film fests as well as domestic distribution, where UTA and Epic pictures are repping it.

Joss Whedon, Courteney Cox, Katie Holmes, ‘Zombeavers’ and Bronies Round Out the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Slate

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has filled out its 2014 feature slate with a starry Spotlight section as well as midnight and special screenings, a group that taken together includes a new movie written by Joss Whedon, the directorial debut of Courteney Cox,  a Katie Holmes starrer, meme-fodder mashup “Zombeavers” and a doc about “bronies,” the adult-male fans of “My Little Pony.”

Programmed alongside the three major subcategories announced earlier this week, the Spotlight section, weighing in at 31 features, incorporates work from recognizable talent that is likely to attract attention to the fest.

The section’s roster includes a notable list of world premieres including “In Your Eyes,” a metaphysical romance penned by Whedon, directed by Brin Hill and starring Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David; “Just Before I Go,” the Cox-helmed comedy that stars Seann William Scott, Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby and Garret Dillahunt; and Holmes starrer “Miss Meadows,” Karen Leigh Hopkins’ story about a schoolteacher who is not what she seems.

Also debuting in the same Tribeca category are Anton Yelchin topliner “5 to 7,” Victor Levin’s romance that also stars Glenn Close and Frank Langella; “About Alex,” Jesse Zwick’s millennial “Big Chill” story starring Aubrey Plaza and Max Greenfield; Robin Williams vehicle “Boulevard”; the Nicole Holofcener-penned “Every Secret Thing” and “Life Partners,” Susanna Fogel’s story of female friendship starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs and Gabourey Sidibe.

On  the list of documentaries premiering in Spotlight are Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper’s “All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State,” Alan Hicks’ jazz-world story “Keep On Keepin’ On,” Mike Fleiss’ “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir” and Ian Cheney’s “The Search for General Tso.”

Films in the section that aren’t world premieres include Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” Paul Haggis’ “Third Person,” Ira Sachs’ “Love is Strange,” Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves.”

Meanwhile, the festival’s genre-focused midnight section includes the preem of Jordan Rubin’s cabin-in-the-woods horror flick “Zombeavers”;  “Preservation,” Christopher Denham’s story of a hunting trip gone awry; and Alastair Orr’s Chupacabra story “Indigenous.”

Tribeca has tapped Brent Hodge’s “A Brony Tale,” about a surprising demographic of “My Little Pony” fans, as part of its five-title series of special screenings, a lineup that also will include a work-in-progress screening of “6,” the latest doc from “The Cove” filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, centering on activists calling attention to species extinction.

Tribeca also has set the slate for its transmedia-centric Storyscapes section, rounding up projects including interactive nonfiction outing “Choose Your Own Documentary” and immersive journalism experience “Use of Force.”

AFM: Freestyle Sets ‘Zombeavers’ Release Date (EXCLUSIVE)

The zombie beavers are heading to U.S. theaters and VOD on March 20.

In an early deal at the American Film Market, Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired theatrical and VOD rights to “Zombeavers,” which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. The trailer for the horror-comedy has received more than 3.6 million views on YouTube.

“Freestyle is happy to pick up this social-media phenomenon with a very large built-in audience,” said Mark Borde, co-president of Freestyle Releasing.

“Zombeavers” was directed by Jordan Rubin from a script he wrote with Jon and Al Kaplan. “This may very well be the most important film you will ever see about zombie beavers,” Rubin said.

The film stars Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm and Lexi Atkins as college girls on a carefree vacation of drinking games, topless sunbathing and sexual exploration. Their frolicking comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to eat them.

Jake Weary, Peter Gilroy and Hutch Dano also star. Producers are Evan Astrowsky, Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Jake Weiner, JC Spink and Chris Bender.

“Zombeavers” screened at Sitges, London Screamfest, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Fantasia Intl. Film Festival.

Freestyle’s biggest hit came earlier this year with the faith-based drama “God’s Not Dead,” which grossed $60 million.

The deal was negotiated by Chris Charalambous for Freestyle Digital Media with Ryan Pastorek and Lawrence Kopeikin of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman on behalf of the film.