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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #83. Ben Wheatley’s Freak Shift


Director: Ben Wheatley
Writer: Ben Wheatley
Producers: Claire Jones, Andrew Starke
U.S. Distributor: Right Available
Cast: Unknown

While the frequently working Wheatley announced this would be his next film, it seems that filming was supposed to begin in late 2013 or early 2014. Knowing how rapidly he is able to complete his projects, we wouldn’t be surprised if this is ready for the fall, right after his version of the series “Ideal” starring Johnny Vegas has been completed. Whatever the scenario, this sounds like a return to more outlandish Wheatley territory after this year’s departure in experimental hallucinations with the inventive A Field In England.

Gist: An American sci-fi film, like “Hill Street Blues” with monsters and women cops.

Release Date: Wheatley is a festival darling, so if it’s ready by the latter end of the year, expect a possible out of competition slot somewhere.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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