The iTunes page for director Quentin (aka Mr. Oizo) Dupieux’s ‘killer tire’ spoof horror, Rubber, has a couple of posters for the film included within it. We covered the rather fantastic-looking minimal B-movie poster last month, but the other to emerge (see below) deserves equal praise too.
It truly captures the look of those 80’s straight to video Grindhouse-esque efforts, whose front covers gave the impression of an ‘anything goes’ attitude, content-wise. This definitely seems the case with Rubber:
A group of spectators is watching a mock-projection in the middle of the desert. They make comments on the scenes of the film as it is occurring before their eyes: Robert, a tire that has been abandoned in the desert, suddenly comes to life, for no reason.
He learns how to get around, explores the desert, and as he roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move.
At first content to wreak havoc on small desert creatures and various lost items, his attention soon turns to humans, resulting in the most gory vehicular-related mayhem inflicted on screen by an inanimate object since Christine.
The film recently played at the Glasgow Film Festival and is being released in US cinemas on April 1, but a UK release date is yet to surface.
Like its video predecessors, I hope we don’t have to wait for the small screen to see it!
We’ve just heard that the London Premiere of RUBBER will be part of the Midnight Movie screenings, with Culture Shock at Ritzy Cinema on Fri 8 April.