Didn’t these kids see the Subaru commercial where the parents tell an errant young samurai he won’t be taking his nunchucks to school? What do you call a coming of age movie where the main character gets killed before he comes of age? Neither of these questions is answered in the trailer for upcoming psychological thriller Super Dark Times.
“A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre,” reads the official synopsis.
Super Dark Times is director Kevin Phillips’ feature debut. His 2015 short film Too Cool For School premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to enthusiastic reviews. The screenplay was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski.
Set in 1995 suburbia, Super Dark Times stars Owen Campbell (The Americans, Boardwalk Empire) and Charlie Tahan (Wayward Pines, Love is Strange) as the two best friends. It also features Amy Hargreaves (13 Reasons Why), Max Talisman (Orange is the New Black), Elizabeth Cappuccino (Jessica Jones), and Sawyer Barth (Public Morals).
The trailer hints at a traumatic event in the woods that involves four high school students and a samurai sword, but the advance press hints the film is more about shifting dynamics of high school
“It’s about that period when kids get thrown in that cruel soup of teenage life,” Campbell told Entertainment Weekly after film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. “If you strip away all the trauma of the film’s plot, it’s just simply about a guy seeing his best friend, who’s been close and safe with him their whole lives, suddenly stepping into a new different world.”
That being said, a samurai sword is one way to cut through the cliques.
You can watch the trailer here:
Super Dark Times opens in theaters on Sept. 29.