Some good news comes in from Warner Bros. this evening as they’ve officially moved UP the release of Richard Kelly’s The Box from its November date to a solid October 30th, 2009 Halloween release. Why they’d take on Saw VI in its second week of release is beyond me, but it’s still nice to have something creepy arriving in theaters on our holiday. The Box is based upon the short story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson, which was also an incredibly creepy episode of “The Twilight Zone“.
Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world…someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.