‘Black Eyed Susan’ Trailer: New Disturbing Sci-Fi Thriller Examines Robots and Consent

Black Eyed Susan

After 21 years, legendary underground filmmaker Scooter McCrae (Shatter Dead) returns to feature filmmaking with his bold, new lo-fi sci-fi thriller, Black Eyed Susan. With his latest film, McCrae looks at the dark side of desire and what it means to investigate the more violent parts of yourself.

Read the full synopsis below:

Down-on-his-luck Derek is hired by a shady tech industrialist to “test” Susan, a lifelike robot built for the purpose of receiving and “enjoying” sexual abuse. Initially hesitant to take part, Derek accepts, but quickly finds himself drawn to Susan’s developing personality and inquisitive nature. As the robot’s expanding humanity chips away at him and he learns more about his own secret desires, he questions if what he’s been tasked to do—even to a robot—should ever be condoned.

McCrae shot Black Eyed Susan on 16 mm, and as you can see in the trailer, it looks absolutely lush. Paired with the stunning cinematography is a musical score from legendary Italian composer Fabio Frizzi, the mind behind the music of The Beyond and Zombie.

Damien Maffei (The Strangers: Prey At Night), Yvonne Emilie Thälker (in her feature film debut),  Marc Romeo, and ex-WWE Superstar Scott Fowler star in the film.

Black Eyed Susan will have its world premiere at the 2024 Fantasia International Film Festival.

Black Eyed Susan


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