CHIMERA (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Do you want to live forever?’

Chimera is a 2018 science fiction horror thriller film written and directed by Maurice Haeems, making his feature debut. The Praxis Media Ventures production stars Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan and Karishma Ahluwalia.

A brilliant but disturbed scientist freezes his children alive, while he races to cure their deadly genetic disease by decoding the DNA of the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish…

“Inspired by cutting-edge research in stem cells, regenerative medicine, organ harvesting and genetics, Chimera is, at its core, a tale of love and loss, regret and redemption.

While our story pushes the central character down some very dark paths, we still wanted the audience to see that despite his many flaws, Quint is always driven by a utopian vision and noble intentions,” says director Maurice Haeems. Chimera is slated to start its film festival tour in the Spring of 2018 and will be released later in the year.”


” …filled with so many aspects that needed to be carried out correctly to be super effective. And the cast and crew here succeeded on every single level. Above average camera work, fantastical and enthralling musical scores, big budget CGI, proper practical effects, realistic set designs, capable and calculated performances from the entire cast, and they even found time to fit a dog into the movie.” Horror Society

“It does flit between reality and illusion which can be a bit confusing and some of the sciencey stuff is a tad baffling but it does all make sense in the end. For a first time effort Haeems has well and truly nailed it with just about everything to create a captivating and suspenseful movie.” Sarah Budd, Horrorscreams Videovault

Chimera is a very intelligent film, and unlike some big studio movies that feel the need to thump the viewer over the head with obvious plot points, Haeems assumes that his audience is equally intelligent and will accept this film as it is presented to them. If there is anything negative to say about this film it is the revisiting of this idea that scientists are morally bankrupt individuals.” The Two Gay Geeks

Main cast:

  • Henry Ian Cusick … Quint
  • Kathleen Quinlan … Masterson – Horns; The Hills Have Eyes (2006); Event Horizon, Children of the Night; Warning Sign; Twilight Zone: The MovieNightmare in Blood
  • Karishma Ahluwalia … Jessie – Grimm; Lucifer; Killer Munchies (short)
  • Jenna Harrison … Charlie
  • Erika Ervin …Gruze – Dead Squad; American Horror Story; Hemlock Grove
  • Jennifer Gjulameti

Filming locations:

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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