Up-and-coming genre director Mickey Keating, who first hit the scene with last year’s Ritual, returns with his SXSW Midnighter entry Pod, which will premiere at the Austin-set film festival next month. Keating’s sophomore effort no doubt looks promising, especially after seeing its festival trailer, but what really catches my eye here is Jug Face‘s Lauren Ashley Carter, who seems to have really dialed in on this one.
The trailer is vague—that seems to be the case for a lot of festival films—but promises an isolated brand of horror with a snowy backdrop; horror rarely gets any better than that. While the trailer only hints at what can be found in Keating’s latest, something tells me there’s a lot more to the movie than we’re being led to believe, and perhaps the film’s title itself is telling enough?
After receiving a cryptic message from their war veteran brother, Martin, estranged siblings Ed and Lyla travel up to their isolated family lake house to hold an intervention. But the terror that they encounter within the snowy confines of the ransacked retreat is far beyond anything that they could have possibly anticipated.
Pod also stars Lauren Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, and John Weselcouch.