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“CUCKOO,” from “LUZ” creator Tilman Singer, casts John Malkovich et al.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

After one of the most exciting debuts on the recent international horror scene, the German writer/director has nailed down a solid cast for his follow-up.

Neon has announced that Hunter Schafer (HBO’s EUPHORIA), John Malkovich (pictured), Gemma Chan (ETERNALS), Sofia Boutella (THE MUMMY), Jan Bluthardt, Zita Hanrot and Proschat Madani will star in CUCKOO, Tilman Singer’s second horror film. His debut feature LUZ began as a thesis project for film school before he expanded it to feature length, and it won raves and awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and others. (See our interview with Singer about LUZ here.) CUCKOO, which begins filming in April 2022, sees Singer reunite with LUZ cinematographer Paul Faltz, composer Simon Waskow and production designer Dario Mendez Acosta.

The website of production company Fiction Park describes CUCKOO as a “mystery-thriller with horror elements set in the shadows of the Alps,” in which “17-year-old American Gretchen is forced to move with her family to a resort town run by Herr König, where things are not what they seem.” We’ll let you know anything more that we find out!

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.