An infestation makes a man crazy in “Mosquito State”, in Shudder this August

An infestation makes a man crazy in "Mosquito State", in Shudder this August
Beau Knapp in Mosquito State (2020). Photo © Royal Road Entertainment

Yeah, we are going mad in these crazy times. We can go out to the streets and most of the leisure activities we were so accustomed to are starting to be back in use. But I think the COVID-19 pandemic really left a seed of fear and intranquility in our brains. Perhaps, things will never be the same again. And a movie like Mosquito State (2020) is actually not based on this, but somehow it seemed to foresee what was ahead of us.

The movie is set in August 2007, way before the pandemic. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown.

This horror thriller is the new film from Poland-born awards-winner filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza after his drama films Sandcastles (2004) and Dustclouds (2007). He has also been the writer of the screenplay in collaboration with Mario Zermeno.

Beau Knapp, known for having participated in Destroyer (2018) alongside Nicole Kidman, Eli Roth’s Death Wish (2018), and the Netflix miniseries Seven Seconds (2018), is the star of the film together with Charlotte Vega, the star of the new horror-slasher Wrong Turn (2021) and horror-mystery The Lodgers (2017). Jack Kesy, Olivier Martinez, Audrey Wasilewski, and Daisy Bishop complete the main cast.

Mosquito State (2020) was part of a good amount of film festivals along 2020 and 2021, including Venice Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, New Horizons Film Festival, Geneva International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Festival International du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer, Festival du Film Subversif de Metz, and Octopus Film Festival. Now, Shudder has scheduled the release of the film as part of its streaming catalog on August 26, 2021. Here you can watch the official trailer for Mosquito State (2020).

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