This year’s Sundance festival has offered a good collection of titles in the fields of horror, science-fiction, and mystery that certify the genres are in good health. To name some of them, The Last Thing He Wanted (2020), Relic (2020), Impetigore (2019), Lost Girls (2020), Possessor (2020), Promising Young Woman (2020), and Horse Girl (2020), which is already part of the Netflix catalog, are some of the movies to wait for in 2020. Another of the films screened in the popular festival was Run Sweetheart Run (2020), the story of a woman who tries to get home alive after her blind date turns violent.
In this Quiet Girl Productions, Blumhouse Productions, and Automatik Entertainment co-production, timid and hard-working single mother Shari brushes away hesitations and decides to dip her toe back into the dating scene after being spurred on by her co-workers. She’s thrilled when her boss sets her up on a blind date with Ethan, who initially proves every bit as charming and magnetic as his photo. Ethan can’t hide his true nature for very long though, and when things quickly turn sinister Shari must find a way to escape. Forced to navigate the streets of L.A. after hours on foot, Shari learns Ethan is far more connected and violent than she ever imagined.
Run Sweetheart Run (2020) is the new movie by writer and director Shana Feste. This marks her first horror film after building her career responsible for drama and romantic movies like The Greatest (2009), Country Strong (2010), Endless Love (2014) and Boundaries (2018). The main role of the endangered young woman is played by Ella Balinska, known for being part of the recent Charlie’s Angels (2019) reboot, while the blind date psychopath is performed by Pilou Asbæk, who can be seen in Ghost in the Shell (2017), Overlord (2018), or the popular TV series Game of Thrones (2016-2019). With them, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Clark Gregg, Betsy Brandt, Jess Gabor, and Lamar Johnson complete the main cast.
Writer and director Shana Feste explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the story is based on her own experience since in her early 20s she went on a date with a man “who looked incredible on paper” but “it went bad very quickly, and I think at, like, one in the morning, I ended up running out of his house in the Hollywood Hills”, with no shoes, no phone, and no purse. She continues “that night was terrifying and illuminating. People that I didn’t think were going to help me did help me, and the people I thought were going to help me didn’t really help me so much as they could have. It was almost — what happened on foot, going back to my house — worse than what happened on the date”.
This month, Run Sweetheart Run (2020) will be part of the South by Southwest Film Festival. After that, the movie is scheduled for a USA release in theaters on May 8, 2020.
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