Brightburn – USA, 2019: updated with two reviews and final trailer

Here’s our overview of Brightburn so far:

Brightburn is a 2019 American action horror feature film directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive). James Gunn (Slither) co-produced the formerly secret project via The H Collective, which was scripted by his brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn.

The movie stars Elizabeth Banks, Meredith Hagner and David Denman.

Plot:

“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?”

Reviews:

“Literally jaw-dropping gore, shocks enough to keep horror fans gawping/happy and, through their uniqueness, contribute to Brightburn’s brilliance, but the real horror derives from the staggering lead performance from Dunn, who is totally convincing amongst the fantasy horseplay. The script flits too quickly at times (it’s a brisk 90 minutes).” Daniel Goodwin, HeyUGuys

Sony Pictures will release BrightBurn on in the USA on Memorial Day, May 24, 2019 and worldwide thereafter.

Cast:

  • Elizabeth Banks … Tori Breyer
  • Jackson A. Dunn … Brandon Breyer
  • David Denman … Kyle Breyer
  • Jennifer Holland
  • Matt Jones
  • Meredith Hagner
  • Steve Agee
  • Gregory Alan Williams … Chief Deputy Deever
  • Becky Wahlstrom
  • Christian Finlayson … Fauxhawk
  • Elizabeth Becka … Principal Susko
  • Emmie Hunter … Caitlyn
  • Stephen Blackehart
  • Terence Rosemore
  • Mike Dunston … Reporter

Censorship:

The MPAA gave Brightburn an ‘R’ rating: “Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.”

Two scenes in the UK version were cut by Columbia in order to obtain a ’15’ rating. Unelected censorship body the BBFC commented: “During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission.”

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