The urge to physically get away from your life’s troubles is one of those universal feelings. For most of us, that need to escape is especially great when you’re given more than you can handle. In Richard Bates Jr.’s latest film Tone-Deaf, this is exactly how the character Olive feels. But what should have been a healing and relaxing escape from all that ails her personal life ends up being a fight for survival.
In the horror-comedy Tone-Deaf, a millennial named Olive (Amanda Crew) has just been fired from her job. In spite of her plea to stay until at least “Free Lunch Friday,” her boss lets Olive go. Richard Bates Jr.’s (Excision, Suburban Gothic, Trash Fire) eccentric, pulsating style can be felt in Saban Films’ new trailer, which can be viewed below.
She rents an eccentric, ornate country house from Harvey (Robert Patrick), an old-fashioned widower who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies — and the two collide.
Tone-Deaf premiered earlier this year in March at SXSW. In an interview with Bates, the director said of the film’s leads — “Robert and Amanda go together like moonshine in a mason jar. Their brilliance and willingness to get weird has been a dream come true for me as a director.”
Amanda Crew will be familiar to horror fans as she starred in both Final Destination 3 and The Haunting in Connecticut. Robert Patrick is best known for his role as T-100 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but his horror credits include Last Gasp, The Faculty, D-Tox, Lost After Dark, and Hellions. The cast is rounded off with Ray Wise (Digging Up the Marrow, Twin Peaks), AnnaLynne McCord (Excision), Ray Santiago (Ash vs Evil Dead), Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles (The Stepfather), and Tate Ellington (The Endless).
Tone-Deaf hits VOD and select theaters starting August 23, 2019. Share your thoughts on the trailer with the Nightmare on Film Street community on Twitter, in our Official Subreddit, or in the Fiend Club Facebook Group!