IT’S the new thriller that re-tells the Superhero origin story by merging it with the horror genre.
Brightburn explores the flip side of super powers when they go wrong and makes for a terrifying watch. Here’s what you need to know…
When is Brightburn released in the UK?
The terrifying new flick came out to UK audiences on June 19, 2019 and is available to watch in cinemas NOW.
If you’re a fan of Superhero movies or horrors or even both then this is the film for you as it merges the two genres together.
The one hour 31 min film will have you shuddering in your seat and hiding behind the popcorn.
What’s the superhero horror flick about?
The superhero horror flick centres around Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle Breyer (David Denman), a young couple who live on a farm in Kansas.
The couple have prayed desperately for a child after being unable to conceive.
One night their prayers are answered when a spaceship containing a baby crashes into the cellar of their barn.
Tori and Kyle hide the spaceship in the attic and raise the much-desired tot as their own, naming him Brandon ( Jackson A.Dunn.)
Life continues without a hitch until Brandon turns twelve and the ship in the attic reignites and starts to transmit an unintelligible message in an alien language, prompting a dramatic shift in Brandon or ‘Brightburn’s’ personality.
The young pre-teen discovered he has superhuman strength and things start to change.
The plot takes a dark turn as Brandon starts acting in inhumane and thoroughly destructive ways.
But despite the young boy’s terrifying behaviour Tori refuses to believe her child is capable of such evil.
And her denial causes a strain in her marriage as Kyle has suspected Brandon for some time.
But I won’t give away much more than that, so as not to spoil the gripping and at many times unexpected plot twists.
The film merges the superhero and horror genres into this spine-tingling tale that shows the flip side of super powers when used for evil.
Does it have a trailer?
Yes, there are two official trailers for the horror.
The first one is just under 3 minutes long and gives an insight into what to expect from the toe-curlingly scary movie.
It doesn’t give too much away with regards to the plot other than that Brandon crashlanded to earth as a baby and was delivered to Tori and Kyle Breyer who so desperately had wanted a child after not being able to have their own.
It also reveals how the young boy boy shows signs of being different, as Kyle says: “He may look like us but he’s not like us.”
The second trailer shows Brandon’s negative powers a little bit more with even adopted dad Kyle declaring “maybe there is something wrong with Brandon,” before renouncing him of being his child, saying:
“He’s not our son.”
But Tori stays loyal to her much wanted child saying: ” I will never turn away from my son.”
And so dark do Brandon’s powers become that he seems to be implicated in an aeroplane crash.
Though the trailer ends on an amigious note with him eerily declaring ” I want to do good, mom. I do” as Tori is seen cowering in fear under her ravaged kitchen destroyed by Brandon.
What has the critical reception been?
Film rating site Rotten Tomatoes has given the film 57% based on 167 reviews.
The website’s analysis of the film was that: “Although Brightburn doesn’t fully deliver on the pitch-black promise of its setup, it’s still enough to offer a diverting subversion of the superhero genre.”
And a poll of audiences by CinemaScore gave the film an average of C+ out of a scale of A+ to F.
Meanwhile The Guardian’s review of the film was below par, saying: “It’s a film that’s good enough that you want it to be better, a rare genre example of less not proving to be more.”
But did acknowledge that it does flip the well-trodden superhero genre on its head, exploring the negative counter-story of super powers.