By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Ahead of its world premiere next week at Fantastic Fest, the cosmic horror feature STARFISH has been picked up for worldwide sales by new genre company Yellow Veil Pictures.
Also playing the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival in October, STARFISH is the feature-film writing/directing debut of Britain’s A.T. (Al) White, lead singer of the band Ghostlite, who also composed the orchestral score. Virginia Gardner from the new HALLOWEEN stars, along with Christina Masterson, Eric Beecroft, Natalie Mitchell and Shannon Hollander.
The synopsis: “Aubrey is still reeling from the loss of her best friend, Grace. She assuages her grief by breaking into her friend’s flat in hopes of filling the hole in her heart, even if only for a while. Rummaging through the apartment and taking care of Grace’s abandoned pets, Aubrey eventually dozes off, but not before playing a mixtape left behind in a tape deck, and being visited by a benevolent vision of her beloved friend. Aubrey wakes to a world almost unrecognizable. Snow covers the ground outside, the streets are littered with wrecked and abandoned cars, fires burn unabated, and the few people left are running for their lives or hiding behind locked doors. With the help of a mysterious voice on a walkie-talkie and a series of hidden mixtapes left behind by Grace, Aubrey seeks to unravel the mystery of what’s been unleashed.”
Yellow Veil’s Joe Yanick says, “STARFISH, in particular, A.T.’s vision, is nothing short of remarkable; managing to coalesce varying styles without losing sight of its emotional throughline. It’s like IT FOLLOWS by the way of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND; we can’t wait for this film to stun audiences in Austin.” Stay tuned for further coverage of STARFISH.