Despite being a “family-friendly” movie, Home Alone always had a dark edge to it. Kevin McAllister’s booby traps were violent, sadistic, and would kill most ordinary people without question. However, the film always avoided straying into that territory and remained a lighthearted, slapstick romp throughout. If you were always left wondering just what could have happened had Home Alone embraced its own darkness, then Knuckleball may be just what you need. Check out the trailer for it below:
Written and directed by Michael Peterson, Knuckleball is a Canadian horror-thriller about a twelve-year-old boy named Henry (Luca Villacis) who goes to stay at his grandfather’s (Michael Ironside) farm. When Henry‘s grandfather dies and the phones go down, the boy is left at the mercy of the psychotic next door neighbor Dixon (Munro Chambers). Henry sets up a series of traps as he attempts to fend off the increasingly desperate attacks of Dixon, all while also trying to uncover the secrets his grandfather held.
The film debuted at the Fantasia International Film Festival earlier this year, and has gotten some pretty positive feedback from early viewers. Nightmare on Film Street’s Chris Aitkens said Knuckleball shook him to his core, saying “Fantastical monsters like zombies and evil clowns don’t have any effect on me. It’s the cruelty and malevolence of individual humans that truly scares me. The setting of Knuckleball is realistic, and therefore, engages me more. Also, who would ever want any harm to come to an innocent 12-year old boy? The film’s score doubles the tension of an already nail-biting scenario.”
The film also includes Kathleen Munroe and Chenier Hundal in its cast as Henry‘s parents. Knuckleball is scheduled to release on October 5th, 2018 in the United States.
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