Austin, Texas – As the anticipation builds for the upcoming Fantastic Fest, horror enthusiasts are in for a spine-tingling treat with the premiere of “Strange Darling,” a heart-pounding thriller from director J.T. Mollner. This chilling film offers a harrowing glimpse into the perilous world of a young woman on the run, setting the stage for a nightmarish cat-and-mouse game that promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
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Described as “one day in the twisted love life of a serial killer,” “Strange Darling” stars the talented Willa Fitzgerald, known for her role in Amazon’s “Reacher,” and the versatile Kyle Gallner, whose credits include “Smile” and “Scream.” In a heart-pounding clip exclusively released by Variety, Fitzgerald, known only as “The Lady” in the film, hurtles down a desolate highway in a striking red Ford Pinto, desperately trying to escape the relentless pursuit of Gallner’s character. The chase takes a sinister turn as bullets shatter her back windshield, and Gallner attempts to run her down with a menacing pickup truck, forcing the game of survival into the treacherous wilderness on foot.
Director J.T. Mollner shared his vision for the film, saying, “This film was a sort of dream (or nightmare) that I was compelled to bring to life. Every aspect of it – the vibrant colors, the captivating music, the cohesive visual style, and the well-defined characters – was meticulously planned before we even began filming. My ultimate goal was to create an unforgettable experience, a rollercoaster ride like no other. We understood that the success of our movie relied heavily on the casting choices we made, and it’s safe to say that the performances delivered by the actors became the foundation of this masterpiece.
Adding to the creative prowess behind the camera is actor Giovanni Ribisi, who serves as both director of photography and a producer on the project. “Strange Darling” is set to be distributed by Miramax, with an impressive lineup of producers, including Bill Block, Roy Lee, Steven Schneider, and Chris Ivan Cevic. Executive producers of the film include Thom Zadra, Michael J. Zampino, Dan Lawler, and Ezra Emanuel.
J.T. Mollner’s journey to “Strange Darling” follows his feature writer-director debut with the revisionist western “Outlaws and Angels.” This film garnered recognition at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was shot on 35mm, showcasing Mollner’s ongoing collaboration with Kodak Motion Picture Film. Notably, he became the inaugural recipient of the Kodak Auteur Award. “Strange Darling” marks his much-anticipated follow-up and was completed this year. Mollner’s artistic talents extend beyond the silver screen, with a portfolio that includes award-winning short films, music videos, and commercials, including notable spots for Monster Energy Drink and Lincoln.
Mollner is represented by UTA, World Builder Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
As “Strange Darling” gears up for its premiere at Fantastic Fest, horror aficionados and film enthusiasts alike eagerly await the chance to be ensnared by the twisted tale of terror that unfolds on the open road. With its stellar cast, expert direction, and a gripping storyline, this film is poised to be a standout in the realm of horror-thrillers.
Stay tuned for more updates and the latest from Fantastic Fest 2023, where “Strange Darling” promises to deliver a nightmarish journey like no other.