It is only human to look to the future. Our fears of its uncertainty is how we cope with or curb the inevitable. Indie horror Level 16 explores the darker side of what our future could be. The film is a combination of the The Handmaid’s Tale politics, with its concerns for the treatment of the young women, alongside the aesthetics of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.
The star of the film, Vivien, portrayed by Katie Douglas who previously earned an Emmy nominated for her performance in Spooksville. The young actress appeared in the film Compulsion back in 2013 and has done a lot of television work. Her friend Sophia is Celina Martin who has worked in the genre, albeit on the lighter side, with the show iZombie. Appearing as the Stepford-like headmistress Miss Brixill is Sara Canning. She is best known for her roles in War for the Planet of the Apes and Netflix’s series A Series of Unfortunate Events. Rounding out the cast as Dr. Miro is Peter Outerbridge. Much like his counterparts, he has done television work in Syfy’s 12 Monkeys and the BBC’s Orphan Black, which are fitting for how this film sounds.
Sixteen-year-old Vivien is trapped in The Vestalis Acadmey, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and stick her neck out for no one. Until she is reunited with Sophia – the former friend who betrayed her. Together the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment. Soon running for their lives, the girls must save themselves or die trying.
Level 16, written and directed by Danishka Esterhazy, hits limited theaters and VOD on March 1, 2019. As of January 15th, the film will roll out for a limited theatrical release in the following cities:
New York City – Nitehawk in Brooklyn
Yonkers, NY – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
Los Angeles – Laemmle Music Hall
Houston, TX – Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra
Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
Kansas City, MO – Screenland
Columbus, OH – Gateway
Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar
Level 16 definitely has me intrigued and I’m hoping to catch it when it comes to my theater here in Columbus, OH. What about you? Are you interested in this film? Let us know on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!