Is this a first? It feels like a first. After a slew of negative reviews out of Fantastic Fest, the filmmakers behind Applecart are taking the film back to the editing bay to retool it for a brand new premiere at the upcoming Cinepocalypse in Chicago.
Conceived and directed by first-time feature director Brad Baruh, Applecart is told in a dual storyline exploring two very different perspectives about a family’s murderous encounter in the woods.
The film boasts performances by Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween and H2, “Dexter,” “Heroes”) and 80’s horror icon Barbara Crampton, who starred in From Beyond and Re-Animator before popping back up in modern horror films such as Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and We Are Still Here.
Also starring is AJ Bowen – who broke out in David Bruckner’s festival smash The Signal before toplining A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next, as well as Ti West’s House of the Devil and The Sacrament – with Sophie Dalah (Satanic Unbroken), Elise Luthman and Joshua Hoffman.
The cast get together for what seems like a fairly standard “cabin in the woods” tale and then it gets weird… and weirder… and super gory. Utilizing both a documentary-style news format and a classic, cinematic narrative, the film is said to explore genre themes with a new twist on structure.
It will be interesting to see what changes by the time it newly premieres in November vs. what was shown in September. Could this prove that a film can have new life after a film festival premiere? We’re rooting for it!