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I SAW THE TV GLOW Trailer: Justice Smith is Transported to a New Reality in Jane Schoenbrun’s Mind-Bending Horror

Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine in Jane Schoenbrun's I SAW THE TV GLOW

In HtN’s review of Jane Schoenbrun’s feature directorial debut We’re All Going To The World’s Fair, Mike S. Ryan wrote “One gets a sense right away that the filmmaker understands that a personal story structure is essential to a unique cinematic vision.” That’s what Schoenbrun uses again in their ambitious new film, I Saw The TV Glow. One of the films that took Sundance by storm, this queer horror film (which channels David Lynch and Gregg Araki) is a unique odyssey of identity and media obsession through the eyes of two misfit teenagers, played by Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine. It also features new original music from Phoebe Bridgers and Caroline Polachek. A24 has released the official trailer ahead of its release this May!

Smith stars as alienated teenager Owen who strikes up a friendship with an older classmate Maddy (Lundy-Paine) whose bond is solidified by their fascination with a late-night young adult sci-fi show called “The Pink Opaque.” It’s about two teen girls who meet at sleepaway camp and realize they have a cosmic connection, which mirrors Owen and Maddy’s. Once the TV show is canceled and Maddy disappears, reality begins to blur for Owen who finds himself on a path to discover his own identity outside of his skin. Danielle Deadwyler, Helena Howard, Fred Durst, and Lindsay Jordan also star.

I Saw The TV Glow opens in theaters May 3. See the trailer and poster below.

Teaser Poster for I SAW THE TV GLOW

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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