The Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Festival programs “the best in horror, sci-fi, and cult cinema for the late-night crowd.” That’s certainly a good descriptor for Ultrasound, which finds a man in way over his head after his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. He doesn’t even begin to understand what’s happening, and audiences will likely feel the same way as the deception and manipulation becomes increasingly clear.
Ultrasound is based on the graphic novel Generous Bosom by cartoonist Conor Stechschulte, who also wrote the screenplay. Director Rob Schroeder makes his feature film debut, skillfully creating tension and guiding viewers on a maddening journey. The film also boasts strong performances from its entire cast, including Breeda Wool and Chelsea Lopez.
I had the chance to speak with Wool, Lopez, and Schroeder about what drew them to the film, how important it is to understand what’s going on, and what it’s like to be playing at Tribeca. You can watch the video below, along with an official summary and where to watch.
Driving home late at night during a heavy rainstorm, Glen (Vincent Kartheiser) experiences car trouble. Near where his car gets stuck, he spots a house, knocks on the door and is greeted by an oddly friendly middle-aged man, Arthur (Bob Stephenson), and his younger wife, Cyndi (Chelsea Lopez). The strange couple pours him a drink, and then more drinks, followed by an unexpected offer that Glen can’t refuse. Elsewhere, a young woman, Katie (Rainey Qualley), is feeling emotionally weighed down by a secret romantic arrangement that feels like a textbook case of gaslighting. And at the same time, in a nondescript research facility, medical professional Shannon (Breeda Wool) begins questioning her role in a bizarre experiment, fearing that she’s doing more harm than good.
Here’s a clip from the film:
Ultrasound is screening in the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Festival.