MOSQUITO STATE (2020) Review comments and Shudder release news

 

Mosquito State is a 2020 American-Polish psychological drama film about a Wall Street data analyst who begins to have a mental breakdown.

Directed by Filip Jan Rymsza from a screenplay co-written with Mario Zermeno, The Royal Road Entertainment-Włodzimierz Niderhaus co-production stars Beau Knapp (The Good Lord Bird, Seven Seconds), Charlotte Vega (Wrong Turn, American Assassin), Jack Kesy (The Outpost, Deadpool 2) and Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, Before Night Falls).

Plot:

August 2007. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Beau Knapp) sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown…

Release date:

Streaming platform Shudder has acquired Mosquito State for release in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on August 26th 2021 as part of their ‘Summer of Chills’ season.

Previously, the film was an official selection at the Venice Film Festival in 2020.

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney described the film as “Cronenberg meets Kafka.” A “commandingly creepy psycho-horror… that multiplies into a nightmarish infestation before vengefully claiming its sacrifice, in a poetic surrender that evokes Virginia Woolf.” Variety’s Guy Lodge wrote that “it swaggers with slick nasty formal showmanship designed to get under the viewer’s skin,” The Wrap’s Steve Pond added that “the movie promises that it’s going to take us for a ride, and Rymsza delivers on that promise,” and Indiewire’s David Ehrlich concluded that it “holds your attention like a bite that you can’t stop yourself from scratching even though you know it’s only going to make things worse.”

Craig Engler, general manager of Shudder added, “Mosquito State is a masterful allegory for the 2007 financial crisis – Wall Street meets The Fly – and serves as the perfect ending to Shudder’s ‘Summer of Chills.’ Filip Jan Rymsza is very much in command of the ominous, building psycho-horror throughout the film, and we cannot wait for our audience to experience it.”

Cast and characters:

Beau Knapp … Richard Boca
Charlotte Vega … Lena del Alcázar
Jack Kesy … Beau Harris
Olivier Martinez … Edward Werner
Audrey Wasilewski … Sally the Secretary
Daisy Bishop … Abigail Grant
Dominika Kachlik … Jennifer
Maximilian Kubiak … Pete
Seetharaman Krishna … Naresh
Hai Hung Dinh … Bing
Wojciech Bocianowski … Big Joe
Krystin Goodwin … News Anchor Cindy
Kelly Dean Cooper … News Anchor Dean (as Kelly Cooper)
Carolina Espiro … Resident Economist Rachel Godoy
Mark McKinnon … Marlon at the Sports Desk

Technical details:

100 minutes

Trailer:

Curiously, given that this is a 2020 film, there is no trailer currently available for Mosquito State but here is a promo clip:

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