By MICHAEL GINGOLD
No relation to the Stephen King alien thriller or last year’s DREAMKATCHER, it’s seeing release later this winter.
Samuel Goldwyn Films releases DREAMCATCHER in select theaters and on VOD/digital platforms March 5. Written and directed by Jacob Johnston, it stars Niki Koss, Zachary Gordon, Travis Burns, Blaine Kern III, Olivia Sui, Emrhys Cooper, Elizabeth Posey, Nazanin Mandi, Adrienne Wilkinson and Lou Ferrigno Jr. The synopsis: “Dylan, known to his fans as DJ Dreamcatcher, is on the brink of global stardom. Everything changes the night of Cataclysm, an underground music festival, where two estranged sisters and their friends meet Dylan. After a drug-fueled gruesome event, things begin to spiral into a 48-hour whirlwind of violence and mayhem.”
Johnston says there’s more to the movie than its murders: “Each character in the film wants something they can’t have, and while some actively pursue, others silently pine–letting their muddled psyche ultimately guide the conflict of the film. Yes, there’s a masked-killer whodunit element. Yes, there are slasher-adjacent kill-scene setpieces. But when you peel away the layers of these characters, whether they’re on the chopping block or not, you will see DREAMCATCHER is much more. Sometimes a satirical, social commentary, sometimes a gripping, dramatic love story, oftentimes a frightening thrill ride–the film, like the personality of the ensemble, evolves as the story unfolds.”