Take a look at the trailer for 68 Kill (which we’ve kindly included below) and I think you’d be hard-pressed to squeeze it into the ‘horror’ genre – violent, darkly comic entertainment maybe, but ‘horror’ – I’m not so sure.

But, it does star AnnaLynne McCord, who did one heck of a career shift with the deliciously dark Excision a few years back, so I’m willing to give it a chance.

Here’s the synopsis:

Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler, star of ‘Criminal Minds’) is a hapless nice guy who pumps sewage for a living and is completely infatuated with his out-of-control girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). Realizing she wants a better life outside of their trailer park, Liza informs the besotted Chip of her plan to prosperity: jack the $68,000 currently residing in her sugar daddy’s safe and take off together for greener pastures outside of Louisiana. But when their robbery attempt goes crazily wrong, she shows her true, off-kilter colours to her beloved, complicating both their relationship and Chip’s own upstanding sense of morality.

Intriguingly, the film is written and directed by Trent Haaga, who has a CV high on curiosity value, from writing Toxic Avenger IV back in the day through to penning the likes of Cheap Thrills in more recent times, as well as appearing in an acting capacity in such fare as the dazzling Starry Eyes.

Also starring are the likes of Criminal Minds star Matthew Gray Gubler, Paranormal Activity 4 star Alisha Boe and Sheila Vand, who has A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and XX on her resume.

Here’s the trailer for the film, which gets its European premiere at the festival on Friday, August 25:

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.