After its world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, Antisocial has toured several major international genre festivals and garnered a great deal of critical acclaim. Breakthrough Entertainment proudly announced today that the film will have its Toronto theatrical premiere this December at the Carlton Cinema.
Antisocial, is the social-media-savvy horror film from Cody Calahan and Chad Archibald that turns on its head the claustrophobic horror convention of scared young people locked up together as all hell breaks loose. In the movie, a worldwide pandemic marked by violence, suicide and hallucinations, breaks out on New Year’s Eve. And five university friends witness it all live via network TV and the ‘Net – from personal blog feeds to video chats gone insanely wrong. How long can they keep the apocalypse at bay inside a locked apartment?
Celebrating is the last thing on the mind of Sam (Michelle Mylett), when she reluctantly accepts a New Year’s invite with her friends Mark (Cody Thompson), Jed (Adam Christie), Steve (Romaine Waite), his girlfriend Kaitlin (Ana Alic) and Chad (Ry Barrett). Sam’s boyfriend Dan (Charlie Hamilton) had broken up with her earlier in the day, in front of an entire network of online friends on a popular portal called The Social Redroom. The geeky Jed is inclined to invite the whole world to the party through his computer, and in doing so is the first to see all Hell break loose. As it plays out, they know exactly what to look for when the virus finds its way inside their padlocked apartment/haven.
“Basically, we took all the things that horror films usually shy away from and embraced them,” says producer Chad Archibald, who co-wrote Antisocial with director Cody Calahan. “In horror films, people are always trying their cellphones, finding no reception and moving on in frustration. But this is more grounded. Whenever there’s a disaster in the world, everyone runs to social media and to CNN and that’s how they get their information. In this case, they try to figure out what to do instead of just running out and getting killed.”
Antisocial’s anticipated Toronto theatrical release kicks off on Friday December 13 at the Carlton Cinema.