Their sick dog bring two girls into a nightmare in “The Carnivores”

Their sick dog bring two girls into a nightmare in "The Carnivores"

If you are in the mood for a tender story, check out the trailer for The Carnivores (2020). Sweet and sour like life itself, full of love, struggling with life, and with heartbreaking tragedies. And a disturbing amount of ground beef.

Alice and Bret’s dog Harvie is dying, and he’s ruining everything. Bret is taking the news hard. She’s had Harvie since before the relationship and is startled to find just how much of her sense of self is wrapped up in her history with him. Alice thus finds herself on the outside of a relationship looking in. Bret’s obsession with the dog is getting overtly unhealthy, yet the more Alice attempts to connect, the further Bret retreats. As the stress on Alice, a vegan, manifests in increasingly strange ways involving sleepwalking and a fascination with meat, she plans to get rid of Harvie to reclaim Bret’s love. But when Alice wakes one night holding an empty leash with no sign of Harvie except his severed ear, she begins to fear she’s become a monster. As each woman sets out in search of what’s been lost, Alice and Bret uncover parts of each other they never suspected, hideous and beautiful alike.

The Carnivores (2020) is the debut feature film of Caleb Michael Johnson. He’s also the producer, editor, and co-writer of the film together with Jeff Bay Smith. It is starred by Lindsay Burdge, Tallie Medel, Frank Mosley, Vincent James Prendergast, and Jason Newman.

The movie had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14, 2020, where the director was nominated for the SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award. After that, it’s been part of the Sarasota Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Independent Visions Award for Best Film, Outfest Film Festival, and Frameline.

Dark Sky Films has the distribution rights for The Carnivores (2020) and has scheduled it for a theatrical and digital release on June 4, 2021. Watch here its official trailer.