This year’s Fantastic Fest went by in a blur, a seven-day avalanche of drinking, interviews, more drinking, and kick-ass genre-films that—from time to time—could feel a little overwhelming. While I managed to catch almost everything I planned on seeing during Fantastic Fest 2011, I was forced to skip a few flicks thanks to an already-crowded schedule. And so, when the folks behind one of those films– Carl Tibbetts’ Retreat– dropped me a line asking if I’d like to catch the film now, I was all too happy to say “Yes”. So, did I miss out on this one back when Fantastic Fest was in full swing, or would it turn out that Retreat was better left unseen? Find out after the jump, folks.
A trailer for first time director Carl Tibbetts’ thriller Retreat is now available online. Starring Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell, and Thandie Newton, the film tells the story of a couple (Murphy and Newton) who retreat to an island in an attempt to patch up their relationship following a family tragedy. While shades of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist come to mind at first glance, the trailer establishes Retreat‘s main threat as coming in the form of an injured Jamie Bell who washes onto the island warning of a fatal airborne disease. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but it should also be noted that there aren’t any talking foxes in the two-minute cut.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself. Sony Pictures will distribute Retreat in North America although a release date is still withstanding.
According to Screen Daily, Thandie Newton, Jason Isaacs and David Tennant will star in Magnet Films’ upcoming thriller Retreat. Newton and Isaacs will play a troubled couple who go on a retreat to an island only to discover a dying soldier (Tennant) who tells them that a deadly virus has begun killing people back on the mainland. Carl Tibbetts will direct based on a script he co-wrote with Janice Hallett. The film will be Tibbetts’ directorial debut as well as Magnet Films’ first thriller, and it sounds awesome. Producer Gary Sinyor compared it to Dead Calm, only better, which is high praise indeed. Shooting is set to begin this May in Canada.