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John Connor [Celluloid 05.09.16] apocalyptic cyberpunk scifi horror thriller dystopic

Ahead of Cannes where the film will be represented, Empress Road Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for the District 9-esque indie horror/science-fiction hybrid, Taking Earth.

A futuristic thriller shot by a South African in and around his own veranda (?), the film definitely overreaches in the effects department, but has an ambition that's hard to resist. Fans of sci-fi schlock take note.

An unexplainable event that has thrust the world into chaos brings two survivors together as a portion of the world’s population, presumably infected by a strange outbreak, hunt them. These Infected Ones (IO’s) seem motivated by an obsession to rein chaos with a need for tasting blood. The two survivors; David (Ronan Quarmby) and a teenager named Cameron (Marco Torlage) form a bond as they try to find their lost loved ones, but the young man has a secret about the outbreak – all is not as it seems.

A race from another world are orchestrating this attack on Earth as they hide in the skies, searching for the one out of seven billion people… searching for Cameron. Controlling the IO’s who are gripped in a bicameral state, time is running out as the ‘Visitors’ patience is waning and a greater threat faces our world if the boy is not found. David must help Cameron find his mom, Ellen (Barbara Harrison) and do what they can to stop the alien attack.

Grant Humphries directs, with Grant Knight and Michael Harrison producing.

Empress Road Pictures’ recent horror acquisitions include All Girls Weekend, An American Terror, Infernal and Slender.

Recommended Release: District 9

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