IFC Midnight, a leading distributor of genre films, just announced a release date for their psychological thriller Kaleidoscope. The British film, starring Toby Jones will arrive in theaters and VOD December 8th. Initially premiering at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2016, Kaleidoscope was written and directed by Rupert Jones, the brother of the starring Toby. The brothers have previously worked together in Rupert’s 2006 short The Sickie. The film also stars Anne Reid (The Snowman) and Sinead Matthews (Happy-Go-Lucky).
Kaleidoscope is drawing some comparisons to Psycho, mainly due to its focus on the relationship between Jone’s character and his mother, after he has been released form prison. Toby has distinguished himself as an actor who can deliver an ominous and menacing performance despite his diminutive size. He has starred in the Wayward Pines television series, as well as Sherlock and Captain America: The First Avenger.
According the the IFC Midnight website, Kaleidoscope is an:
… intense, twisty thriller that unfolds in the darkest corners of a man’s mind. Recently released from prison, mild-mannered Carl (Toby Jones) quietly attempts to move on with his life. Just as he embarks on his first date in 15 years, Carl’s fresh start is shattered by the sudden reappearance of his domineering mother (Anne Reid), whose presence awakens within him a deep-seated trauma. What unfolds is a brain-warping puzzle as reality and illusion, past and present collide and explode in violence. The debut feature from Rupert Jones is a provocative psychological mystery that asks: is it possible to escape our past?
Fans of the slow-burning and atmospheric thrillers of the 1960’s should be lining up for this one. With a cast this talented and a setting so bleak and drab, you can’t help but wonder what plot tricks Rupert Jones up his sleeves for us. Keep your eyes on Nightmare on Film Street for further information and be sure to let us know what you think of the film after December 8th!