Part horror, part psychological thriller, part question about the depths of human morality, The Box is slated to be released in theaters in November. The made-in Mass movie will, however, be screened early in the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, which will begin next week.
Written and directed by Richard Kelly, who made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Donnie Darko, the movie is based on the short story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson. The movie is set in Richmond, Virginia, filmed mostly in the Greater Boston area, and focuses on a young couple, played by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, who have been presented with a button in a box.
The next day, a disfigured stranger, played by Frank Langella, tells them that if they decide to push the button, they will gain $1 million, but someone in the world that they do not know would die. In addition to Diaz, Marsden and Langella, the movie features a cast of relative newcomers including Gillian Jacobs, Ryan Woodle, James Rebhorn, and Holmes Osborne.
The film is scheduled to be released on November 6th, but will be shown in the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (FFF), one of the largest film festivals in Scandinavia, on September 17th, the first day of the 10-day long event. Based in Lund, Sweden, the FFF has featured all but one of the top 20 box office hits of all time including the Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter series. The FFF also featured The Box director’s movie debut Donnie Darko, and serves as the premier location for many Swedish films.