The new horror sci-fi hybrid film, WELCOME TO WILLITS, is set to premiere in select theaters and on-demand Friday, September 22. IFC Midnight, the label behind such recent horror releases as The Babadook, The Devil’s Candy, and I Am Not A Serial Killer recently released the official trailer and poster for WELCOME TO WILLITS.
WILLITS is the feature film debut of brothers Trevor and Tim Ryan. The Ryans grew up in rural upstate New York and served as the project’s director and writer, respectively. The film is based on the duo’s own 2013 short film, Welcome to Willits: After Sundown. The Willits short film was a collaboration with actor Mark Weber (2015’s Green Room) and premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. The WELCOME TO WILLITS feature film stars Bill Sage (2013’s We Are What We Are), Sabina Gadecki (2015’s Entourage), Anastasia Baranova (TV’s Z Nation), Garrett Clayton (2016’s King Cobra), Chris Zylka (TV’s The Leftovers), Thomas Dekker (2009’s Laid to Rest), Rory Culkin (2016’s Intruders), Karrueche Tran (TV’s Claws), Keelin Woodell (2017’s Bye Bye Man), and Dolph Lundgren (TV’s Arrow). Read on for the official synopsis, and posters.
Deep in the woods of Northern California lies the off-the-grid town of Willits, which is a haven for marijuana growers, meth addicts and conspiracy theorists. When a group of vacationing friends unknowingly set up their campsite on the property of Willits’ most disturbed resident—a psychotic and drug-addled pot farmer who’s convinced extraterrestrials are out to get him—they’re in for a bad time.
WELCOME TO WILLITS will be released in select theaters and on-demand Friday, September 22nd. Meanwhile, you can catch the original short film in its entirety on the official Willits website.
Judging by the short film and trailer, I think WELCOME TO WILLITS looks like a lot of fun. What do you think? Are you looking forward to the feature? Speak out in the comments below.