Uncategorized / 16 December 2020

COMING HOME IN THE DARK Announced For Sundance Film Festival!

We’re thrilled to announce that Monster Pictures acquisition, the nightmare roadtrip thriller, COMING HOME IN THE DARK, will have its World Premiere in the Midnight section of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Winding down a desolate road through an endless valley, Alan and Jill stop their car to take their teenage boys on a hike through the New Zealand wilderness. As they rest for a picnic at a clearing overlooking the water, two ominous-looking drifters appear out of nowhere, silently surrounding the peaceful clan and radiating a threat of imminent danger. With a swift act of violence, these men take the family by force, a seemingly random decision that sets them all on a maddening collision course with the ghosts of their pasts—from which there is no escape.

With its menacing performances and calibrated stakes, director James Ashcroft’s ruthless crime thriller careens into an unhinged road trip that leaves the viewer breathless through every piercing curve. Ashcroft pulls absolutely no punches in his feature debut, an astonishingly lean and relentlessly paced descent into the heart of brutality, building tension from a single speck to an avalanche with uncommon precision.

Shot in Wellington New Zealand and based off the award-winning short story by Owen Marshall, COMING HOME IN THE DARK is co-written by Ashcroft & Eli Kent and stars Daniel Gillies (OCCUPATION RAINFALL), Erik Thomson (THE FURNACE), Miriama McDowell (THE DARK HORSE) and Matthias Luafutu (HARRY).

Director James Ashcroft said, “Everyone involved with making COMING HOME IN THE DARK had tremendous passion and ambition for the film. So to have our work recognised internationally by one of the world’s leading film festivals is a great honour. We’re looking forward to bringing it home for Aotearoa audiences in the near future.

COMING HOME IN THE DARK will have its World Premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival which this year will be held both online and via satellite screenings within the United States from January 28th – February 3rd 2021. For more information visit the official program page on the Sundance Film Festival website.