Sam is desperate to fit in at school, rejecting her Indian culture and family to be like everyone else. Whena mythological demonic spirit latches onto her former best friend, she must come to terms with herheritage in order to defeat it.
This supernatural coming-of-age flick tackles a creature not commonly shown in horror, from a culture that tends to be excluded from the mainstream as a whole. Dutta, a first-generation immigrant from India, mentions in a statement about the film that it “is not autobiographical but draws on real people that I have known and loved.”
Drawing inspiration from wider cultures and people not only allows for more diversity in front of and behind the camera, but also opens a door to a whole new realm of narrative and cinematic possibilities.
In this same statement, Dutta also spoke about his personal connection to the horror genre.
“[The film] is a love letter to the community and culture that raised me while on the other, it is a visceral experience that is designed to instill the same raw terror in its viewers that my favorite horror films instilled in me”
I believe in horror cinema. It’s the greatest genre our art form has to offer”
The film releases exclusively in theaters on September 22.