For Immediate Release:
September 1, 2023
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – A “Slotherhouse Rules!” Award from PETA is on its way to the creatives behind the new horror-comedy film Slotherhouse, recognizing writers Bradley Fowler and Cady Lanigan and director Matthew Goodhue for using puppetry instead of a real sloth and for sharing a powerful anti-poaching message with viewers.
The campy slasher film tells the story of Alpha, a sloth who rightfully exacts revenge after she’s snatched from her home and forced to live as a sorority mascot in order to draw attention on social media. The few who survive her maniacal killing spree learn their lesson: By the film’s end, the sorority sisters form an activist group called “FETCH” (For Ethical Treatment, Care, and Humanity) to discourage owning exotic animals.
“Slotherhouse is more than funny—it’s an opportunity to side with the frustrated animals who are taken from their habitats and exploited for clout and entertainment,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is delighted to honor the film’s creatives for driving home their anti-poaching message by using impressive puppets instead of suffering captive wild animals. Bravo!”
PETA’s undercover investigations and law-enforcement probes into animal suppliers for the film and TV industries have documented that animals are often abused and kept in deplorable conditions. PETA urges anyone who sees animals being used for film or television productions to report it at PETA.org/Report or call the whistleblower hotline at 323-210-2233.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.