The price of fame has deadly consequences for a Britany Spears-type pop star in Star Light, a supernatural fright flick produced from the team behind the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake and 2017’s festival fave The Night Watchmen. Dread Central landed the exclusive teaser (embedded at the top of the article), poster and a bunch of stills from Star Light (below), which was co-written and co-directed by Mitchell Altieri (Night Watchmen, The Hamiltons, The Violent Kind) and horror newbie Lee Cummings.
Before perusing the abundance of horror riches featured here, let’s give you the plot of Star Light. While skateboarding, kind-hearted teenager Dylan (Cameron Johnson of The Wrong Crush) crashes into a beautiful young woman who secretly turns out to be the world-famous popstar Bebe A. Love (Scout Taylor-Compton from Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies). Keeping her identity under wraps, Dylan takes Bebe to his best friend’s house for help. While he and his group of pals try to aid the mysterious woman, unexplained events begin to occur within the home. And they only intensify when Bebe’s handler, Anton (Bret Roberts of May and S. Darko), shows up at their door and demands the kids return her immediately. When Dylan refuses fearing for Bebe’s safety, he unleashes a barrage of dire consequences that turns a fun graduation party into a night of living hell.
“From what began as a solid core idea of my longtime friend and executive producer Andrew Mardirous, Star Light is the epitome of what good storytelling and great acting are when they coincide to make a film,” Cummings tells Dread. “Cinematically, this film is gorgeous with a simplistic pallet of earth tones along with primary pops to aid the story. I wanted to make a film that moves like a thriller but has moments that leave you feeling unsettled, something I always enjoy bringing to the screen. This was also easier to execute when you have two horror vets on your team like [Texas Chainsaw Massacre producer] Jeff Allard and Mitchell Altieri, one of the Butcher Brothers. This not only gave me great insight into the genre, but enabled me to make a film I’m passionate about.
“Star Light also provided the opportunity to reunite with Jamal Jennings, one of my best friends and a talented writer from UC Davis,” Cummings continues. “Together, we clocked endless hours of dreaming of making movies together. And with the Star Light, we saw that dream come true.”
Star Light will be hitting the fest circuit this fall, including stops at Orlando’s Freak Show Horror Film Festival (October 25-27) and the Flicker’s Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival in Rhode Island (October 19-27). Star Light will then play the New York City Horror Film Festival (December 5-8). The movie co-stars Rahart Adams (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Liana Ramirez (Power Rangers Beast Morphers) and veteran scream queen Tiffany Shepis. Check out Star Light’s official Facebook page HERE and Instagram @starlightmovie