From Marjane Satrapi, the creator of the graphic novel Persepolis comes another project that's graphic for an entirely different reason. In the horror/dark comedy The Voices, Ryan Reynolds plays a factory worker who abandons his medication and begins to listen to the things his cat and dog tell him to do.
From the images released, you can tell that his pets aren’t asking to go on walks but rather enticing him to take on a much more grisly set of activities.
This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.
Turns out, Ryan Reynolds’ character Jerry goes from mild-mannered to cold-blooded killer and beheads the co-worker he had a crush on, played by Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters). The film also stars Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver.
Audiences over at the Sundance Film Festival were able to take in the film and word is that it was the most controversial and gory comedy to be screened. It received mostly positive reviews and was not only considered funny but also incredibly horrific, bloody and dark. While the premise boasts that Ryan Reynolds, who has some great comedic chops, talks to animals, it’s not to be mistaken for just funny camp. Critics who got to see it at Sundance attest that in addition to being funny it does go to some very intriguing places and pushes the boundaries to disturb audiences.
Geek Tyrant reports that The Voices isn’t for everyone, as it’s extremely bloody and very disturbing, but in the best possible way, especially if you kind of have a demented mind.”
The film has not announced a U.S. release date but hopefully horror geeks will get to see it this fall.
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