Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm was one of my favorite movies of 2015. Who am I kidding, it’s one of my favorite movies of the last ten years. It’s a the demonic, heavy-metal horror movie I’ve always needed in my life. So, of course I’m incredibly pumped about his follow up, Guns Akimbo. If you saw photos going around the internet of Daniel Radcliffe with guns bolted to his hands, that’s where those images came from. And now, finally, we have a trailer, and it looks insane in the best possible way.
The first thing about this Guns Akimbo trailer is that I can’t help but think Scott Pilgrim-but-mean. It’s hyper stylized, has all those videogame flourishes, and looks manic as all hell. Only way, way, way more violent, and I’m here for every second of it.
After movies like Ready or Not, Samara Weaving can do whatever the hell she wants and I’ll watch. And I love that in a post-Harry Potter world, Radcliffe continues to make strange, unexpected, and straight up weird-as-hell choices when it comes to movie roles. Basically, this has a lot going for it.
Here’s a synopsis for Guns Akimbo, which totally mentions Scott Pilgrim:
Nerdy video game developer (Daniel Radcliffe) is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonizing comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death-match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles' hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the "fun." Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent.
Gleefully echoing elements of Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the Purge franchise, and videogames like Mortal Kombat, Guns Akimbo is hilariously dark, viciously violent, and potentially — chillingly — prescient. Director Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm) foretells of a future that may soon await us: drone-captured live feeds, UFC-like competitions pushed to an extreme, and online streaming platforms used for gladiatorial entertainment all around the world. As Miles navigates the underworld of Skizm, the stakes — and the ratings — have never been higher.
Guns Akimbo opens March 5. Folks who saw it at Fantastic Fest last year seemed to be pretty amped on the proceedings, and I can’t freaking wait.