We’re gearing up for this year’s Fantastic Fest over here at Nerdist. And to kick things off, we’ve got an exclusive look at one of the films debuting at the virtual genre festival. This hilarious scene from Maria Bissell’s How to Deter a Robber shows a pair of young people stumbling upon a robbery… at a house they broke into. Check it out below!
We have no idea the full context here, but we are certainly intrigued. What’s with the green face paint? (Or are those beauty masks?) How did these two wind up at this cabin and what are they looking for? So many questions from such a brief clip, but that’s exactly what we want out of a teaser.
Here’s the full plot description of How to Deter a Robber from the Fantastic Fest website:
Two teens are settling in for an uneventful holiday at the family cabin in the woods, when they notice a light on in the adjacent, vacant cabin. Taking it upon themselves to investigate, they find nothing amiss, and engage in a little harmless fun…at least that’s what they think. During their revelries, they break a ceramic hodag figurine…a little known cryptid native to Wisconsin. Under this harbinger of bad luck, they pass out in the cabin, awakening to find the place trashed, and themselves under suspicion for a crime committed while they were fast asleep.
After a string of similar robberies in the area, the pair sets out to catch the culprits and clear their names. With the help of their Uncle Andy (played to grizzled, grumpy perfection by Chris Mulkey of Twin Peaks fame), and some humorous booby traps straight out of Home Alone, they eventually come face to face with the real criminals, and it’s going to take more than some well-placed paint cans and party poppers to stop them.
How to Deter a Robber from writer-director Maria Bissell stars Vanessa Marano, Benjamin Papac, Chris Mulkey, Jonah Ray, and Gabrielle Carteris. It screens this coming Tuesday at Fantastic Fest. Find out more about this year’s lineup and how to watch here.
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