Rob Savage and Blumhouse divisive horror flick “Dashcam” has revealed a teaser trailer ahead of its June 3 theatrical and on-demand release.
According to the official synopsis, “At the start of the pandemic, a self-indulgent, blind-sided improv musician leaves LA for London, steals her ex-bandmate’s car, and makes the wrong decision to drive an elderly woman who is not what she seems.
The horror found footage of a “harmful pandemic denier who flouts all contagion prevention protocols” is produced by Jason Blum and Douglas Cox, while executive producers include Savage, Gemma Hurley, Jed Shepherd and Ryan Turek . Annie Hardy stars alongside Amar Chadha-Patel, Angela Enahoro and Seylan Baxter.
“Dashcam” follows Savage’s 2020 effort “Host,” another pandemic horror about six friends who hire a psychic to hold a seance via a Zoom call.
Variety’s review of the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was a Midnight Madness selection, was mixed and referred to the film’s controversy.
“[The] Exaggerated ‘Dashcam’ feels longer than the 66 minutes it records the pre-final credits. It’s a nifty stunt, but not so nifty that it can’t exhaust its welcome,” Dennis Harvey wrote.
As no cinematographer is credited, the film was shot by Savage and the cast members on iPhone – giving a result Variety considered both “fun and tiring”.
“This looser format brings mixed rewards,” Harvey wrote. “However, while ‘Dashcam’ trades the genuine creepiness of ‘Host’ for a hash in the face of broad political satire, supernatural menace and near-incessant physical peril often rendered incoherent by handheld camera work.”
Watch the trailer below.