It’s official! This week is The Sublet week here at SCREAM. You’ve seen the poster, read the synopsis, read the interview, (ideally) purchased your festival tickets, bought the t-shirt, but you haven’t seen the trailer. Well we’re here to put that right as Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films have finally rolled out the first teaser for the film ahead of this week’s world premiere.
With John Ainslie (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer scribe) at the helm, directing a script he co-wrote with Alyson Richards, The Sublet stars Tianna Nori, Mark Matechuk, Krista Madison and Rachel Sellan. Whilst a young couple playing the new parents game in sinister surroundings might be a frequent staple of the horror genre, Ainslie promises to give things a much-needed spin, recently revealing how he intended to tap into the more deeper-seated anxieties triggered by motherhood, something that ensured films like The Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby were such harrowing slices of cinema:
“What makes The Exorcist terrifying is not the barfing child, because we all have that as a parent anyways. What’s terrifying is the first half when the mother wants to fix the child when Regan is in that shock therapy stuff. It’s like a loss of control. You have no way to help your child and you’re trusting these people who are electrocuting it and maybe it’s the right thing to do but you really have no way to figure that out. So that’s what I wanted to bring into The Sublet. Joanna (Nori) is in danger but she is also protecting the child and then there is also the struggle within herself and these feelings of wanting to destroy the child at the same time.”
The film is all set for its world premiere this Saturday, November 7th at the Razor Reel Film Festival before moving on to its North American premiere at the Whistler Film Festival on December 5th. We caught the film recently and, suffice it to say that my plethora of recent posts kind of gives away just how much I dug this one.
We’ll keep you informed of any further festival screening dates as and when they are announced but for now we’ll leave you with the aforementioned trailer:
To keep up to date on The Sublet be sure to head over to the film’s official Facebook page here.
All details of the Whistler Film Festival can be found here.
Just in case you missed it, you can also read our interview with Ainslie, and the film’s leading lady, Tianna Nori, over here.
Words: Howard Gorman (@HowardGorman)