Pearry Reginald Teo is a bonafide cult director, working way outside of the normal spotlight. His films are genre pieces, generally very stylised, and sometimes a little bit shocking. Perhaps the best way to introduce him is with his 2010 showreel.
To my eye, he mixes the generic and the personal, sometimes in surprising ways, and as far as low-to-no-budget exploitation directors go, he’s certainly one of the most interesting. I always keep an eye out for what he’s working on.
His next film, Dead Inside, looks like a “twist” picture. I rather like such things, and have a lot of fun trying to guess where and when and why the rug is going to pulled out from beneath the audience’s feet, but I know that plenty of other people aren’t too patient with them. I’m expecting a twist because of the official plot blurb :
Sarah, a mentally-disturbed teen, has a jarring premonition of her friends’ impending deaths one night at a sleepover. As her houseguests begin to turn murderously against each other, Sarah must determine whether her visions represent the preventable or the inevitable… or something entirely more sinister.
Even if it does just end up having the storyline of Final Destination at Night of the Demons by way of Soul Survivors (something of a worst case scenario, perhaps) I’m sure it will still have some likeable idiosyncrasies.
Here’s the film’s Cannes trailer, the embed coming courtesy of Quiet Earth. The idea with this early teaser, cut from early test footage while the film is still very much in production, is that it will help sell the film around the world and attract finance. It’s not really designed for you and I.
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