Up and coming filmmakers Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein met on the Steven Spielberg-produced reality competition program On The Lot, and now they’re promoting their indie sci-fi film, Freaks. Freaks is an original thriller starring Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern and is described as one of the must-see films of the year for sci-fi and horror fans.
Described as Room meets Monsters, the film is a commentary on the socio-political upheaval in the world and was inspired by two main things – the cycle of discrimination and violence against outsiders that has recurred throughout history and Adam becoming a new father and watching his son observe and interpret the world for the first time.
The synopsis is ‘a supernatural drama that centers on a girl whose paranoid father teaches her to be afraid of the world and of leaving their house. When she does finally sneak out of the house, the young girl is introduced into a world that is haunted by the threat of people that look normal but are markedly different.’
Lipovsky and Stein share that the film’s originality stems from wanting to provide a film from a child’s perspective of the world. Sharing the story from a young girl’s perspective leaves the audience wondering if there’s something truly to be scared of in the story, or if she’s a victim of her paranoid father.
The filmmakers raised the financing themselves from family and friends, and its success on the indie film circuit has led it to debut in theaters on August 23. Watch the trailer below: