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Exclusive clip: UFO cult thriller “COSMIC DAWN”

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | Uncategorized

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Writer/director Jefferson Moneo claims the forthcoming film is based on his own extraterrestrial encounter as a child.

Cranked Up Films releases COSMIC DAWN to select theaters and VOD February 11. The cast is headed by Camille Rowe (THE DEEP HOUSE), Emmanuelle Chriqui (WRONG TURN), Antonia Zegers, Joshua Burge and Phil Granger, with frequent John Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth providing the score. The synopsis: “After witnessing an alien abduction as a child (and subsequently being told she’s crazy for most of her life) Aurora [Rowe], now a young woman, joins the UFO cult The Cosmic Dawn after discovering a book written by the group’s leader, Elyse [Zegers]. Aurora’s time at the cult’s remote island compound is marked by miraculous revelations, consciousness-expanding flowers, and a burgeoning friendship with Tom [Burge], the resident cook. When a fellow cult member starts to display increasingly bizarre behavior, Aurora begins to question Elyse’s sanity–and her own–and starts looking for a way out.”

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, IndieWire.com, 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).