A family gets ready for the end of the world in the trailer for director Batan Silva's sci-fi thriller, After Darkness. The Lionsgate production has flown largely under the radar thus far, but features several prominent TV actors among its cast; including, Tim Daly (Madam Secretary), Valorie Curry (The Tick), John Patrick Amedori (Dear White People), and Natalia Dyer aka. Nancy Wheeler from Stranger Things. Kyra Sedgwick further rounds out the roster here - though, of course, the Golden Globe winner's resume extends far beyond her work on hit TV series like The Closer and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to name but two examples.
Written by Fernando Diaz Barroso (Adelaida), After Darkness takes place in a world where the sun is about to burn out and plunge the earth into, well, darkness. (That's assuming there isn't a team of astronauts secretly on their way to reigniting the dying star, a la Danny Boyle's Sunshine.) The movie thusly revolves around the affluent Beaty clan as they prepare for the end of days and, in doing so, are forced to confront "long lasting divides among each other".
Lionsgate has now released a trailer for After Darkness online, in order to get the ball officially rolling on the film's marketing buildup. Check it out in the space below.
The After Darkness trailer touches on the sci-fi aspect of the film (explaining that the sun is dying due to "solar collapses"), but indicates that the movie is a single-setting thriller more than anything else. And like any single-location thriller, the real threat in After Darkness isn't so much what's happening outside the protagonists' home; rather, it's the growing tensions between the members of the Beaty family, along with the "gruesome discovery" that Beaty family patriarch Raymond (Daly) makes about his (not so safe and secure) household.
With Stranger Things season 3 not due to premiere on Netflix until Summer 2019, After Darkness will give Dyer's fans something to check out while they wait for her to make her return to Hawkins, Indiana. Silva's movie itself will be hitting the home market early next January, e.g. during what is traditionally the slowest movie-going time of the season. Things will begin to pick up near the end of that month (when anticipated films like M. Night Shyamalan's Glass and Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King hit the scene), but something like After Darkness could make for a nice alternative pick for those cinephiles wanting to stay-in and skip the trip to the theater, instead.
After Darkness releases on DVD, Digital, and On Demand on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.