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“MY HEART CAN’T BEAT UNLESS YOU TELL IT TO,” a different kind of blood-drinking thriller, gets release date and new poster

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Acclaimed at festivals, it’s heading for wider exposure this month, and we’ve got the trailer too.

Dark Sky Films will release MY HEART CAN’T BEAT UNLESS YOU TELL IT TO in theaters and on VOD/digital platforms June 25. Written and directed by Jonathan Cuartas, it stars Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram, Owen Campbell (SUPER DARK TIMES, DEPRAVED), Moises L. Tovar, Judah Bateman and Katie Preston. The synopsis: “Dwight [Fugit] prowls the streets after dark. He searches each night for the lonely and forlorn, looking for people who won’t be missed. Dwight takes no joy in this, but he needs their blood. Without fresh human blood, his fragile young brother Thomas [Campbell] cannot survive. Each death takes a larger toll, the burden of his crimes weighing heavier each time, threatening to crack his spirit. But Thomas and his sister Jessie [Schram] are all the family Dwight has left, and as a fiercely private and close-knit family unit, they depend on him and the rituals they’ve learned in order to keep their secret. But while Dwight yearns for another life, Jessie needs them to stay together. And always the boy must feed.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.