A.T. White’s feature film debut, Starfish, has been a hit on the festival circuit. It is a film that works within the genre of cosmic horror to create something new and introspective, using horror as a backdrop rather than a centerpiece. It is beautiful and thoughtful film about processing grief on the edge of the apocalypse, set to a diverse soundtrack and a strange signal with mysterious power.
In a new clip, we hear the mysterious signal and get a glimpse at its ability to transport its listener somewhere else. Protagonist Aubrey (Virginia Gardner, The Runaways) dons headphones is transported to various beautiful landscapes then a dark beach, where she watches a woman undress and head into the ocean towards a man. Is she transported to another dimension? Is she transported back in time? Is it both? The beauty of cosmic horror is the malleability of reality and Starfish takes advantage of that. This clip gives you sense of the film’s range of visual styles, tones, and experimental nature of moving through time. It provokes enough questions to leave you wanting more.
Here is the official plot synopsis:
“When a mysterious signal from an unknown dimension summons the end of days, it appears as if only Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) is left on earth. Trapped in the apartment of her recently deceased best friend, the only clue she has is a single cassette left behind after her friend’s death, labeled: ‘THIS MIXTAPE WILL SAVE THE WORLD.’ Thrust into a mystery orchestrated by her friend and stricken with grief, Aubrey begins to piece the clues together, uncovering a series of tapes all with pieces of the mystery signal. Along the way, progress is impeded when monstrous creatures begin to overrun the world and enclose in on her. Aubrey is forced to fight off the encroaching creatures and move beyond her own crippling grief in order to find the remaining tapes. But will completing The Signal save the world?”
Jonathan DeHaan was able to see Starfish last year at Fantastic Fest and said,
“I’m really impressed with the ambition of Starfish. It strives to tell a story so far beyond its indie means that A.T. White was surely told he was crazy countless times before going into production. It’s films like this that help signal to us a new voice that will go on to create fascinating, thought-provoking films.”
Starfish is coming to VOD on May 28th. What do you think of the newest clip? Are you excited to see Starfish? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!