Run Trailer: Sarah Paulson is a Psycho Mom in Horror Film

Sarah Paulson stars as a disturbed mother threatening a wheelchair-bound daughter in the horror movie, Run.

Sarah Paulson is certainly no stranger to the horror genre, notably known as a repertory player on Ryan Murphy’s near-decade-running American Horror Story television anthology iterations. However, the upcoming Lionsgate horror film, Run, will have Paulson star as its addled antagonist, a disturbed mother who, having waited hand and foot on a wheelchair-bound teenage daughter (Kiera Allen), has become dangerously unhinged.

Aneesh Chaganty directed Run, working off a script he co-wrote with Sev Ohanian, replicating the same creative coalition from Chaganty’s 2018 feature debut, the mystery thriller Searching, which starred Star Trek’s John Cho.  

Run Trailer

The trailer for Run has arrived, spotlighting the dual nature of the film’s oddly-close mother/daughter duo; one in which the Paulson’s mother role is a caring, doting and even educating figure to a non-ambulatory daughter, and the other in which said mother is ready to cut her losses and kill said daughter upon the latter’s discovery of an unpleasant heretofore hidden truth about their idyllic life.

Run Release Date

Run hits theaters on May 8, appropriately kicking off Mother’s Day weekend.

Run Details

As the official Run logline reads:

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They say you can never escape a mother’s love… but for Chloe, that’s not a comfort — it’s a threat. There’s something unnatural, even sinister about the relationship between Chloe (newcomer Kiera Allen) and her mom, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has raised her daughter in total isolation, controlling every move she’s made since birth, and there are secrets that Chloe’s only beginning to grasp. From the visionary writers, producers and director of the breakout film Searching, comes a suspense thriller that shows that when mom gets a little too close, you need to RUN.

Paulson, who’s achieved Primetime Emmy and Golden Globes glory under the purview of Ryan Murphy’s various “American” television anthologies, is coming off her role in 2019 drama The Goldfinch. Interestingly, the Run role falls within the kind of psycho-nurse-type vibe we’ve seen from Paulson; an archetype that happened to be made famous in 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Louise Fletcher’s Nurse Ratched, a role that Paulson will play on a Netflix prequel TV series (from Ryan Murphy, of course,) titled Ratched. She will next be seen in April on FX’s Cate Blanchett-headlined series, Mrs. America.

Her onscreen daughter co-star in the film, Kiera Allen, makes her feature film debut here. The duo is joined in this insular picture by a small supporting cast consisting of names such as Erik Anthavale, Pat Healy and Onalee Ames.

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