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'Doomsdays' Teases "Pre-Apocalyptic" Comedy In New Trailer (Exclusive)
Imagine a zombie-apocalypse film. Then remove the zombies. Then turn the intrepid heroes into a pair of shaggy, morally wayward slackers with only a girl to create conflict between them. Then you'll have Doomsdays, the indie first feature from Eddie Mullins, which the writer-director calls a "pre-apocalyptic comedy."
The Hollywood Reporter here exclusively debuts the film's new teaser, which features Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick) looting their way through the American backwoods in anticipation of a civilization-crippling oil shortage. On the way they encounter the teenage Jaidon (Brian Charles Johnson) and Fred's eventual girlfriend Reyna (Laura Campbell).
The young New York distributor Candy Factory will release the film on June 5 in theaters and on VOD. It premiered in Montreal's Fantasia festival in 2013, where THR's John DeFore called it "enjoyably antisocial," writing, “The script offers enough laughs to get the film described as a comedy, but is no more intent on keeping them coming than Fred is on cleaning the blazer and tie he wears throughout."
That's likely because when Mullins, who's "a little obsessed" with climate change and "peak oil" concerns, first wrote the script, he meant the film to be serious. "I thought it was going to be this very fraught, heavy sort of thing, and then it turned out as a comedy. It turned out I wasn’t interested in making a movie that was that heavy-handed, but to sublimate that anxiety into a dark comedy," he tells THR.
He cites Withnail And I and offbeat road films like Two-Lane Blacktop as influences. "On some weird level I think the original Bad News Bears went into it," he says. "There’s something so totally inappropriate about its subject matter and yet it’s so completely charming it’s difficult to judge it."
The director was a film critic for eight years, in the meantime writing spec scripts in various genres. Then several years ago he lost the job. Uncertain of his future in criticism, he set to writing a film he could shoot himself (which he did in 18 days in and around Kingston, New York, where he lives). "I'd always imagined myself as a filmmaker. This was the catalyst I needed," he says. "So I pulled the trigger."