Posted on Thursday, July 15th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
In November, we posted a trailer for Stuart Hazeldine‘s high-concept, low-budget thriller single-room real-time feature debut Exam, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last Summer. IFC has since launched a genre label called IFC Midnight which will release the movie exclusively on Video On Demand beginning in July. QuietEarth calls the plot “Cube meets The Apprentice”. Here is the official plot synopsis:
Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank.
I’ve always been a fan of minimalistic single-location stories, from Hard Candy to Saw, Jonathan Liebesman’s The Killing Room to most recently, Paranormal Activity and Buried. The trailer is now online and embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.