The horror genre is built on the idea that you can take real-world issues and add a few scares to create something memorable. And that’s precisely the goal with the upcoming film, “The Mill.”
As seen in the trailer for “The Mill,” the horror film is set near the future where capitalism has run amok (such a crazy, outlandish idea, huh?). It stars Lil Rel Howery (“Bad Trip,” “Vacation Friends”) as a corporate career man who works for the world’s biggest company. Things get really distressing when he’s kidnapped and wakes up in an abandoned mill where he is told that he must survive the “advanced career training” or be… uh, terminated.
Joining Howery in the cast are Pat Healy, Karen Obilom, and Patrick Fischler. “The Mill” is directed by Sean King O’Grady, who is probably best known as the filmmaker behind the thriller “We Need to Do Something.”
“Today’s American discourse is centered on labor and artificial intelligence,” said O’Grady (via EW). “Eight months ago, when we filmed ‘The Mill,’ these discussions were hypothetical. Our film unexpectedly became relevant. But it’s not just about AI or labor. Joe’s tale isn’t merely topical — it’s universal. It’s about feeling trapped in a system that takes more than it gives, feeling like a replaceable cog in a lifeless machine. Have you ever felt powerless or exploited in this way? Do you right now?”
“The Mill” is set to debut on Hulu on October 9. You can watch the trailer below.