Xenophobia – USA, 2019 – now with reviews

Xenophobia is a 2019 American science-fiction horror feature film about victims of alien abduction who discover that their experiences were not isolated incidents.

‘Five abductions. One fear.’

Directed, written, and produced by Steven J. Escobar, Joe Castro (Terror Toons movies) and Thomas J. Churchill, the Cinema Factory-Church Hill Productions movie stars Manu Intiraymi (Star Trek: Voyager), Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy), Angie Stevenson (Sons of Anarchy; Sigma) and Baker Chase Powell (Irrational Fear).

Plot:

Six complete strangers recall the details of their individual experiences with alien forces—sharing the terrifying stories of their abductions and possessions—but the biggest challenge still lies ahead. Can they overcome their fears and trust each other in order to survive?

Release:

Xenophobia will have a red carpet premiere at The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles on August 1, 2019, with its cast and crew in attendance. The movie will be released on DVD and VOD by Vision Films on August 6, 2019.

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The CGI moments are weak. This is an entertaining alien anthology film, it is nice that they are all connected in some way which helps with the meeting, rather than just having random stories.” Movie Reviews 101

“There’s a lot of probing in this film. The wraparound story reunites six people who have encountered aliens in a support group. The actors are convincing, and the stories are all compelling, which is no small achievement in the world of horror anthology films these days.” Steve Hutchison, Tales of Terror

“The idea behind Xenophobia is an interesting one, but the ambition to try and do too much with a low budget greatly limits what ends up being this movie. Every story has the potential to be intriguing, but they were not well crafted or brought to the screen.” Dante Yurei, 10th Circle 

” …there’s more potential for quirky parody than legit frights in this and it’s by accepting that this becomes one of those so bad it’s good things, especially if you’re already a fan of late 80s practical effects and cheesy acting. This will greatly improve your viewing experience.”  David Duprey, That Moment In

Background:

Xenophobia is an accumulation of actual alien events and encounters that have been documented over the years,” said co-Director Steven Escobar. “Teaming up with Joe Castro and Thomas J Churchill who co-wrote and co-directed the film with me, we were able to bring these stories to the screen using state of the art of special effects which we’re really proud of.  Xenophobia is further proof that indie filmmakers can present epic stories and great effects without a studio budget.”

“Xenophobia was a chance of a lifetime for me as an artist and a filmmaker,” said Joe Castro, “it allowed us to create full-scale alien creatures… something that I have always dreamed of as a child.”

“Spending so much of my career in the horror and action space prepared me for Xenophobia, which is my first science fiction film,” said Thomas J. Churchill.  “It was a truly organic transition and I could not have asked for a better team and partners to have done this with than Castro and Escobar.”

Cast and characters:

  • Manu Intiraymi … John
  • Kristen Renton … Becky
  • Rachel Sterling … Kara (segment “The Sullivan House”)
  • Angie Stevenson … Melanie (segment “The Sullivan House”)
  • Brinke Stevens … Karen
  • Baker Chase Powell … Eric (segments: “Pinnacles”)
  • Kelly Lynn Reiter … Cindy (segment “The Sullivan House”)
  • Nick Principe … Harry (segment “Doomsday”)
  • Alan Maxson … Alien in Desert / Burn Victim
  • Karlee Perez … Adrian (segment “The Sullivan House”)
  • Keavy Bradley … Jill (segment “The Sullivan House”)
  • Jed Rowen … Stranger (segment “Doomsday”)
  • Alexander Kane … Matt
  • John Karyus … Truck Driver (segment “Doomsday”)
  • Scott King … Deacon (segment “The Sullivan House”)

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