Dusting off its undervalued brand, Orion Pictures has released the first official trailer and poster for The Prodigy. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy (At the Devil’s Door, The Pact) and produced by Tripp Vinson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), the film arrives in theatres February 8th, 2019.
Growing up on the Orion classics of the 1980s including The Terminator (1984) and Robocop (1987), the Orion Pictures logo ahead of any trailer is already a successful and immediate sell. Consequentially, any feeling of 80s nostalgia quickly dissolves into authentic interest as this tense trailer entices with a foreboding story of a child possessed (Jackson Robert Scott of 2017’s IT).
Starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and co-starring Colm Feore (Greta, Thor), director Nicholas McCarthy tells the tale of Miles, a young boy possessed. While following in the scare tradition of “child exploitation” thrillers such as The Omen (1976) and more recently Stranger Things 2 (2017), The Prodigy promises domestic horror that leverages the innocence of a child to shape intimate horror that grounds fear and evil directly into the places that we call home.
The Prodigy does have much in its favour. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy, who first entered the horror realm with his 2011 Sundance short The Pact (2011), written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train, Pet Sematary) and featuring a talented cast, The Prodigy has the potential to be a hit for Orion.
And, the official movie poster one sheet is frightening in its own right. The duality presented in the character of Miles, although straightforward in design, is haunting and equally attention grabbing. Miles, is a boy split between two worlds: the living and dead.