Karyn Kusama, the talent behind one of the year’s very best horror films with The Invitation, is headed right back into the genre with Breed, a film adaptation of Chase Novak’s novel of the same name. Kusama has such a wonderful vision, proving with The Invitation that you can create unbearable tension with slow-burning perfection—something many horror films lack these days. Which is why her return to horror was so exciting in the first place—she went six years between Jennifer’s Body and The Invitation (holy crap!).
And that brings us to Breed, her new horror film that focuses on a wealthy couple that turns to a controversial Eastern European fertility clinic to conceive after every other conventional method had failed. While pregnancy in horror is a worn out trope, you’d be dumb to side-eye the potential that Kusama brings to the table. This is exciting stuff, horror fans!
Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don’t have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.
Kusama will team with fellow Invitation writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi on Breed, meaning this one is in the best of hands.