Writer/director Billy Senese’s The Dead Center recently screened during the LA Film Festival; and while we wait for info on how the rest of us can check it out, we have the film’s teaser trailer and a clip to share.
Starring Shane Carruth, Poorna Jagannathan, Jeremy Childs, and Bill Feehely, The Dead Center takes on complex ideas about life, death, and immortality, infusing them with a slick and unsettling injection of classic hospital paranoia. Bolstered by a riveting performance from Carruth, the film is a much-needed reminder that the most frightening moments can come from the most human of places.
After waking up in a body bag, a mysterious John Doe disappears and finds his way to the hospital’s psychiatric ward, where he becomes the charge of a devoted doctor (Carruth) who is fascinated by the man’s claims of being controlled by a “blackness” inside of him. Meanwhile, a curious medical examiner (Feehely) searches for clues into the cause of the man’s disappearance.
As the two men are drawn deeper into John Doe’s psychosis, they start to realize that the truth might be more sinister and ancient than they ever dared imagine.