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Darkwave duo’s horror film “THE RUNNER” sets Shudder premiere; trailer & poster

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | Uncategorized


Both the movie and its soundtrack are hitting next month.

Shudder has announced that it will debut THE RUNNER in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand Sunday, January 16. Written, directed and produced by Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller of the darkwave outfit Boy Harsher, THE RUNNER, according to the official synopsis, “follows a strange woman as she travels to a secluded, rural town where her violent compulsions are slowly revealed. The story intertwines with Boy Harsher performing on a public access channel. Their music scores the strange woman’s descent deeper into the unknown.” The cast is headed by musician Kris Esfandiari (King Woman), performance artist Sigrid Lauren (FlucT) and musician Cooper B. Handy (Lucy).

Shudder’s PR further details the movie’s creation: “Last year, in the midst of the global pandemic as well as Matthews’ MS diagnosis, Muller started working on moody, cinematic sketches. It was uncertain what these pieces would become other than catharsis–the duo were unable to tour, and making ‘club music’ did not feel right. In Matthews’ period of convalescence, she kept thinking about a sinister character: a woman running through the woods. Together, the duo developed this idea further into a film that explores lust, compulsion, and the horrific tendencies of seduction. The movie is intercut with a meta-style ‘documentary’ about Boy Harsher’s recording process.”

The original soundtrack album for THE RUNNER will be released January 21 by Nude Club/City Slang, and “features the dark pop that Boy Harsher is known for alongside eerie, cinematic instrumentals.” For more on THE RUNNER, hit up its official website.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).