‘A girl. A mixtape. And the end of the world.’
Starfish is a 2018 American “cosmic” science fiction horror feature film written and directed by A.T. White. The movie stars Virginia Gardner, Christina Masterson, Eric Beecroft and Natalie Mitchell.
Aubrey, a young woman suffering from the death of a close friend. When a mysterious signal from an unknown dimension summons the end of days, its appears as if only Aubrey is left on earth. Trapped in the apartment of her recently deceased best friend, the only clue she has is a single cassette left behind after her friends death, labeled: “This mixtape will save the world.”
Thrust into a mystery orchestrated by her friend and stricken with grief, Aubrey begins to piece the clues together, uncovering a series of tapes all with pieces of the mystery signal. Along the way, progress is impeded when monstrous creatures begin to overrun the world and enclose in on her. Aubrey is forced to fight off the encroaching creatures and move beyond her own crippling grief in order to find the remaining tapes. But will completing the signal save the world?
Starfish is released in US theaters from March 13, 2019, onwards. It will be available on Digital/VOD from May 28, 2019.
“Music becomes a living part of the narrative, speaking for the character when she cannot and transporting her back to good times and bad. Enhanced by Virginia Gardener’s performance, an upbeat indie soundtrack, and beautiful imagery, Starfish mixes genre cinema and music to create a unique portrayal of loss.” Emily Sears, Birth. Movies. Death.
“At its core, the film makes for a compelling psychological thriller in the vein of The Babadook in a Lovecraft scenario, but it doesn’t have quite enough science fiction to call it a science fiction film, nor enough horror to call it a horror film. Still, it’s lovely to look at and has well-crafted shots.” Sarah Truesdale, Goombastomp
” …even if all of the disparate elements don’t always coalesce, Starfish remains fascinating throughout. This is the rare horror film that accurately depicts loss and regret in a realistic way, human elements that can be just as defeating as the roving monsters that stalk Aubrey throughout the film.” Gabriel Sigler, Last Feeling Magazine
” …the film tends to meander, occasionally turning into a cartoon and also even breaking the fourth wall. The narrative is just a little too spongy. It looks good. The monsters are good, but it’s all too loose. Starfish tried to say a lot, but sadly says nothing at all.” Jonathan Hansen, Lewton Bus
“The movie keeps all important information on a slow, restricted drip. Until the ending when we are handed a string of exposition from the mysterious voice on the walkie-talkie. It’s not that all the answers are suddenly handed to you, and all-at-once everything makes sense, but it feels so unlike the rest of the film that it left me doubting the strength of the story’s intricacy.” Jonathan Deehan, Nightmare on Film Street
“The disturbing, although natural, experience of death is a relatable foundation that he creatively tops with an allegorical storyline exemplifying the necessary need to face one’s demons and motion through life’s unpredictable pains. Additionally, his use of music and the nostalgic process of making mixtapes for the ones you love aptly supports the film’s themes.” Marisa Mirabel, Slash Film
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