Director: Richard Bates Jr. | USA | 2016 | 93 mins
Owen (Entourage’s Adrian Grenier) and Isabel (Angela Trimbur) are a couple in turmoil. Their relationship is characterised by barbed sarcasm and barely-contained contempt, mainly on the part of Owen, who suffers from severe intimacy and trust issues relating to a horrific family tragedy from his childhood. Their situation reaches breaking point when Isabel becomes pregnant and in a last-ditch attempt to encourage Owen to step up and become a family man, she suggests that they should visit his surviving relatives to bury the hatchet once and for all. However, this impromptu family reunion unearths dark family secrets that could destroy them all.
The films of Richard Bates Jr. have been a regular fixture at Celluloid Screams since the festival’s first edition and with Trash Fire we see him deliver his most accomplished film to date: a jet-black horror comedy with venomous dialogue and jaw-dropping shock moments that will jolt even the most jaded viewer into submission.
Screening with THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM + THE SUNKEN CONVENT