We have been looking forward to Richard Bates Jr.’s Suburban Gothic for a while now – even more so now that we have had a taster of the footage. Bates Jr. diretced the outstanding Excision in 2012 which was our favourite film of that year. Needless to say that expectations are high for Suburban Gothic.
Quirky young Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) has been having a tough couple of months. Even with his recent college degree, he can’t find work in the big city — and he’s realizing that it’s time to swallow his pride and move back in with his overbearing, suburban parents (Barbara Niven and Ray Wise). Little does he realize, however, that this temporary layover in Middle America is going to be anything but mundane… Haunted by otherworldly visions since childhood, Raymond soon finds himself beset upon by spirits intent on making his time at home as miserable as possible. His only outlet for sanity seems to be local bartender Becca (Kat Dennings) who, aside from chasing off the same bullies who wanted to beat Raymond up in high school, finds herself drawn to his endearing quirkiness. Together, the duo find themselves unravelling the mystery behind a century-old murder — and scaring up plenty of laughs along the way.
Suburban Gothic premiers at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 19. Click here for tickets. Here is the first trailer for Suburban Gothic, excuse the quality – we’ll switch it when a better one surfaces.