THE RUNNER: Boy Harsher’s Chilling New Darkwave Doc-Style Meta Horror Thrills In Select Theaters And On AMC’s Shudder In January
Are you into horror and darkwave music any? Turn your interest over to music and film duo Boy Harsher (Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller), and their latest cinematic effort, The Runner. The new film will have its day-and-date run in select theaters and on AMC Networks’ Shudder streamer in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand from January 16.
Unable to tour and unwilling to make “club music”, and with Matthews coping with her MS diagnosis, the two began developing the project, using Muller’s moody, cinematic sketches and Matthews’ own conception of “a sinister character: a woman running through the woods”, crafting a meta-style “documentary” horror that weaves Boy Harsher’s recording process with a story that “explores lust, compulsion, and the horrific tendencies of seduction.”
Written, directed, and produced by Boy Harsher, The Runner follows a strange woman as she travels to a secluded, rural town where her violent compulsions are slowly revealed. The story intertwines with Boy Harsher performing on a public access channel. Their music scores the strange woman’s descent deeper into the unknown. The Runner features break-out performances by musician Kris Esfandiari (King Woman), performance artist Sigrid Lauren (FlucT), and musician Cooper B. Handy (Lucy).
The film’s release will also coincide with the rollout of its titular original sountrack on Nude Club/Slang City on January 21.
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