Few things get me as hyped for a movie as a neo-noir trailer that straddles the line between futuristic thriller and supernatural horror. Stray promises just that, with long shots of hospital rooms gone awry and mysterious figures on badass motorcycles. The poster alone screams police procedural gone spooky while the trailer peppers in elements of fantasy. The trailer is drenched in atmospheric lights, dread-inducing sounds and bizarre imagery bound to grab your attention. I may or may not have watched the trailer three times in a row,
The film focuses on orphaned teenager Nori, played by Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), facing the mysterious murder of her mother. After teaming up with the assigned detective (Kristine Woods, Hello Ladies) trying to solve the murder the two are then faced with supernatural forces that threaten the city. Nori herself might be the city’s redemption, as she discovers mysterious powers of her own. The plot alone has me sold, along with the beautiful trailer. And fortunately, that’s not all.
With the acting chops of Karen Fukuhara and Kristine Woods at the center, we also have Japanese pop powerhouse Miyavi (Kong: Skull Island) and Ross Partridge (Lamb) to up the ante. The movie comes at a perfect time, with indie movies proving once and for all they have a seat at the dinner table. With numerous horror films coming out, one that blends itself with sci-fi is a breath of fresh air.
The indie flick is directed by Joe Sill, whose other work includes Birds of Passage and features a screenplay co-written by J.D. Dillard (Sweetheart, Sleight) and Alex Theurer. Stray is set to release on March 1, 2019 for VOD. Are you looking forward to seeing Stray? Let us know on Twitter, in the official NOFS Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!