By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Hear, hear! And take a first look at this environmental horror film.
THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND, world-premiering at this month’s Fantasia International Film Festival, is the latest from writer/directors and Fantasia veterans Kevin and Matthew McManus (FUNERAL KINGS and 13 CAMERAS, a.k.a. SLUMLORD), who are also Emmy-nominated writers and producers on AMERICAN VANDAL. 13 CAMERAS star Neville Archambault encores here, joined by Chris Sheffield, Michaela McManus, Jim Cummings, Jeremy Holm (THE RANGER) and Willie C. Carpenter. The synopsis: “Something terrifying is happening off the coast of Block Island. A strange force is thriving, influencing residents and wildlife alike. Birds are dropping out of the sky. Some people have been dropping too, into inexplicable emotional collapse. Harry Lynch [Sheffield] has always been a bit of an outsider in town. Now, he watches in dread as his father [Archambault] grows increasingly forgetful and confused. And angry. Very, very angry. His sister Audry [Michaela McManus], whose work in marine biology will soon prove invaluable, returns to town with her daughter and immediately sees what Harry sees. Her explorations into the increasingly grisly wildlife phenomena intersects with the triggers of her father’s actions, leading them all towards chilling revelations that no one is prepared for. Revelations that will affect her family in unimaginable ways.”