We at Collider have an exclusive poster debut to share with you today. It’s the one-sheet for Sin City and Alita: Battle Angel filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s new film Red 11, which was made for just $7,000. That’s in stark contrast to his previous feature, the effects-heavy blockbuster Alita: Battle Angel, but is right in line with Rodriguez’s career thus far. He first burst onto the scene with his low-budget indie El Mariachi, and has since taken a “DIY” approach to his diverse range of films regardless of scale, from Desperado to the Spy Kids franchise.
Red 11 is a horror-thriller set in a dark, twisted version of the Legal Drug Research world and is inspired by Rodriguez’s experiences at a research lab where he earned the money to make El Mariachi. He co-wrote the script with his son Racer Max, who also appears in the film alongside Rodriguez’s other son Rebel.
Rodriguez challenged himself to make a movie for $7,000 at the same time he was working on Battle Angel, and the experience was documented in a docu-series called Rebel without a Crew: The Robert Rodriguez Film School, which consists of six 30-minute episodes. Clips from the docu-series will be showcased at a SXSW Masterclass led by Rodriguez on March 12th.
Check out the poster for Red 11 below. The film will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 12th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Red 11:
Adapted from a script written 25 years ago that was based on Robert Rodriguez’s experiences in a Medical Research Facility, RED 11 is a Horror/Thriller set in a dark, twisted version of the Legal Drug Research world. At these Facilities, young guys become Lab Rats to make quick money, but our hero RED 11 is here to buy his way out of a huge debt to the tune of $7,000. This story shows the quirks, characters, and comedy of Robert’s experiences of being a human Lab Rat, but with a sci fi and horror twist, because while under the influence of experimental drugs, Red 11 doesn’t know if what’s in front of him is fact or fiction.