Horror and thriller films have long had the potential to showcase something poignant and meaningful behind the gore and the scares. Many horror films have held up mirrors to the societies that spawned them, in order to reflect the daily horrors of the times. As a result, these types of horror films managed to transcend the genre of horror and they became well-made, smart films. Notable horror films of this calibre would be Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho and Jordan Peele’s smash-hit of last year, Get Out.
Beyond the eerie music and jump scares, these horror films managed to convey multi-layered ideas of major issues like capitalism and systemic racism while also being legitimately scary movies. There is a new film on the horizon coming from the winning partnership of Blumhouse Productions and Atomatik (Sinister, Insidious) and it sounds like it too will be a self-reflective horror film.
The upcoming film is being described as a “feminist horror-thriller.” It will be directed by Shana Feste, (writer-director of Boundaries) who also wrote and will co-produce the movie with Jason Blum and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. The upcoming film is called Run Sweetheart Run.
Details on the upcoming film are scarce, but what is known is that it centres on a young woman on a blind date. Throughout the course of the evening the date goes from bad to worse, leading to a violent crescendo. Eventually the young woman must make it back home, on foot, in the city of Los Angeles while her psychotic blind date hunts her down.
Reading the premise of this film, one cannot help but make connections to the seemingly toxic underbelly of Hollywood’s predatory elite. It will be interesting to see if deep societal ideas, such as rape culture and law enforcement’s inability to rectify many cases involving rape and sexual violence will be addressed.
Deadline reports Jason Blum, Brian Kavanaugh-Jone and Feste will serve as producers of Run Sweetheart Run. Jen Besser will executive produce. Bea Sequeira is overseeing the project for Blumhouse. Casting will begin shortly with production slated for the fall.