‘Departing Seniors’ Director Clare Cooney Talks Taking On The Slasher

Departing Seniors

2024 is the dawn of a new era for the slasher, and at the helm is Clare Cooney’s feature film debut Departing Seniors. A combination of traditional slashers with the paranormal, Cooney, working from a script by Jose Nateras, crafts a charming look at trying to survive high school as a queer teenager.

Read the full synopsis below:

Mexican-American and queer, high school student Javier doesn’t exactly fit in with the popular kids. But he might be the only one who can save them. After an act of bullying sends Javier to the hospital, he begins experiencing visions that foresee glimpses of shocking murders at his school right before they happen. Now, in between navigating the social hierarchies and prejudices of clique culture, Javier (Primo’s Ignacio Diaz-Silverio) and his best friend Bianca (Candyman’s Ireon Roach) must try to unmask a serial killer before he strikes again.

Dread Central spoke with Cooney about collaborating with Nateras on his very personal script, creating realistic teenagers, and more.

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Departing Seniors is out now on VOD.



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