A24 Adapting Hit Short Horror ‘The Looming’ For A Feature Film

The Looming

May 10, 2024

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

Fresh off the success of Talk to Me, A24 is reuniting with Causeway Films and Square Peg (Hereditary) to bring Masha Ko‘s Sundance short film darling, The Looming, to the big screen as a feature film.

Ko, an acclaimed director and artist known for championing underrepresented voices, will write and direct the feature-length adaptation. Her original short film, which premiered in the Sundance Midnight Short Film Program, follows Chester (Joseph Lopez), an elderly man experiencing strange and terrifying noises in and around his home.

It’s not dementia, as Chester initially fears; it’s something worse. When his virtual assistant, Luna, picks up on the sounds, too, a terrifying new reality sets in that the noises are very real. With an unsettling premise, the short film is described by Sundance jurors as “terrifyingly beautiful,” leaving audiences deeply unsettled.

The chilling concept resonated with A24, echoing 2020’s Relic, another A24 horror hit exploring the unsettling intersection of aging and the unknown.

A24 will produce alongside a dream team: Square Peg’s Ari Aster, Lars Knudsen, Tyler Campellone, and Causeway Films’ Samantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton.

We’ll keep you posted as more details about The Looming surface. While you wait, check out the trailer for the short film below.


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