Horror films have a notorious habit of minimizing women and turning them into nothing more than victims. But the upcoming “Proxy,” ensures that its female leads have a much more dominant presence. Writer/director Zack Parker, who most recently brought us another female-centric thriller, “Scalene,” now takes us on another horrific journey.
“Proxy” follows Esther (played by Alexia Rasmussen) soon after a brutal attack leaves her broken and alone, until she meets Melanie (Alexa Havins), a kind friend in a support group who helps provide Esther with the emotional stability she desperately needs. But it isn’t long before this seemingly innocuous friendship begins to take its terrifying toll when the psychological damage with which both women are afflicted reaches its peak.
The trailer gives very little away in terms of story, but the fast-paced cut of frightening images gives no doubt as to the unbearable world that each woman’s attack has subsequently created, and where the horrible realities of violence get mixed in with the surreal terrors that reside at the forefront of their troubled minds.
“Proxy,” which also stars Joe Swanberg (“You’re Next,” “Drinking Buddies”) and Kristina Klebe (“Halloween,” “Zone of the Dead”), will be released by IFC Midnight in NYC and on VOD April 18th. Check out the trailer below: