What do you get if you get LOTR’s star Elijah Wood, Canadian actor Stephen McHattie and our own Madeleine Sami in a Horror film? lead Kiwi director Ant Timpson’s deranged comic thriller about a father-son reunion that goes very, very south could explain it.
Don’t miss the New Zealand screening of this blackly comic, dark movie that should have fans of this genre reeling with glee. Starts in Kiwi cinemas February 20th, the debut directorial film for Timpson is set to become a cinematic hit.
So the story premise goes – After receiving a cryptic letter from his estranged father, Norval (Elijah Wood) travels to his dad’s oceanfront home for what he hopes will be a positive experience. If only he’d known the dark truth about his old man beforehand. Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan and Michael Smiley co-star in this gory, gross-out, black comedy that’s the directorial debut of producer Ant Timpson (The Greasy Strangler, The ABCs of Death).
“Norval’s (Elijah Wood) life has been, to put it lightly, difficult. Currently living home with his mother, the troubled young man is coming off alcohol-related struggles. So when he receives an unexpected letter from his estranged father requesting a visit, Norval catches a bus up to his dad’s secluded and scenic waterfront home.
Maybe reconnecting with his father will give Norval the emotional fulfillment he’s been lacking. Before long, though, he notices something off about his dad, an uneasy feeling triggered by inappropriate comments and a possible over-dependence on booze. Norval quickly realizes that his hope of father/son bonding is doomed. Instead of a family reunion, he finds himself in waking nightmare.” (Tribeca Film Festival)
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In Cinemas February 20th
2019 Rating: R16, Violence, sexual references & offensive language 93 mins