If you enjoy your horror movies with brains ’sploding (eww) all over deserted roads, then Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura’s (Godzilla: Final Wars, The Midnight Meat Train) Downrange will hit the sweet spot.
Following the announcement that the horror thriller will be part of TIFF’s Midnight Madness lineup, a first trailer was released.
Starring Stephanie Pearson (Insidious: Chapter 2), Rod Hernandez-Farella, Anthony Kirlew, Alexa Yeames (The Originals), Jason Tobias (Notorious), and newcomer Kelly Connaire, Downrange was penned by Kitamura and Joey O'Bryan (Motorway, Triple Threat). So, what’s the movie about? Here’s a synopsis:
Six college students are carpooling cross-country when one of their tires blows out on a desolate stretch of country road. Getting out to fix the flat, they quickly discover that this was no accident. The tire was shot out. With their vehicle incapacitated, the group is pinned down and mercilessly attacked by an unseen assailant as they desperately attempt to find a way to escape.
Downrange will take place in a single location where a group of friends will become the target of a deranged sniper, and from what can be seen in the somewhat spoilery trailer below, seems like we’re going to be in for a bloody nail-biting ride. Said Kitamura:
“While I’ve created single location films in the past, Downrange marks a new style of storytelling for me, wherein sustained, breathless terror in a singular location is what drives the entire plot. We’ve crafted a film in which is fueled by relentless dread, and are very excited to share it with horror and suspense fans around the world.”
Downrange is currently slated for an early 2018 release.