Beyond the Black Rainbow – which is more than slightly reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s work – takes place in the “strange and oppressive emotional landscape” of 1983.
Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, the film is officially described a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons.
“Deep within the mysterious Arboria Institute, a disturbed and beautiful girl (Eva Allan) is held captive by a doctor in search of inner peace. Her mind is controlled by a sinister technology,” reads the synopsis.
“Silently, she waits for her next session with deranged therapist Dr. Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers). If she hopes to escape, she must journey through the darkest reaches of The Institute… but Nyle wonʼt easily part with his most gifted and dangerous creation.”
The Canadian movie originally premiered at the 2010 Whistler Film Festival, and was screened at several film festivals throughout 2011, including Tribeca in New York City and Fantasia in Montreal. The film is tentatively slated for a US theatrical release by Magnolia Pictures, although a firm date has yet to be confirmed.
Still, the newly released trailer is generating plenty of buzz on the ‘Net, with numerous journalists weighing in, and ScreenRant calling it “a visually-captivating sci-fi throwback experience best described as ‘2001′ meets ‘The Prisoner‘.”
Personally, I think the trailer seems more like ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ meets ‘THX 1138 with a little ‘Altered States‘ thrown in, but either way, tit looks pretty damn sweet and I really can’t wait for the movie to hit the US. It looks like one helluva trip to me – without the acid.