AMERICAN REFUGEE (2021) Preview of survival thriller with ‘intruder’ clip

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American Refugee is a 2021 survival thriller about a family sheltering in their neighbour’s bunker while society collapses outside.

Directed by Ali LeRoi (The Obituary of Tunde Johnson); Are We There Yet? TV series; Everbody Hates Chris TV series) from a screenplay co-written by Allison Buckmelter and Nicolas Buckmelter, making their feature debut.

Produced by Paige Pemberton and Paul Uddo. Executive produced by Jason Blum, Lisa Bruce, Andrew W. Chan, Jeremy Gold, Chris McCumber, Michael M. McGuire and Ben Stranahan.

The Blumhouse Television-EPIX co-production stars Sam Trammell (Pursued), Derek Luke, Erika Alexander, Jessi Case, Vince Mattis and Peyton Jackson.


In the midst of societal and economic collapse and martial law in the USA, Greg (Derek Luke) and Helen Taylor (Erika Alexander) are faced with protecting their family from the anarchy of the outside world.

As a last resort, the family takes shelter in a neighbour’s bunker where their fate lies in the hands of the family patriarch (Sam Trammell), a survivalist, whose mercy lasts only as long as they prove themselves useful. Supplies are scarce, and when tensions rise, no one knows who can really be trusted…


In the USA, American Refugee is released on Paramount’s EPIX platform on December 10th, 2021

Reviews [coming soon]:

” …so obvious and cheesy. As much as this kind of story is worth telling (also see: New Order), this is an uninspired way to talk about survival in America. Meh. The whole “the real threat is not from the outside, but from inside” trope is so unexciting…” First Showing [NB. This is a comment based on the trailer alone]

Cast and characters:

Sam Trammell … Winter
Erika Alexander … Helen Taylor
Derek Luke … Greg Taylor
Jessi Case … Amber
Vince Mattis … Matty / Mathew
Peyton Jackson … Kai Taylor
Dawson Towery … Skinny man
Charity Jordan … Brooke
Zamani Wilder … Zoe Taylor
Shelby Faciane … Store Clerk
Carl A. Chauvin … Pedestrian (uncredited)

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