The horror movie My Animal, starring Amandla Stenberg and Bobbi Salvor Menuez, has secured an R rating ahead of its September release
The horror romance My Animal – which stars Amandla Stenberg of Bodies Bodies Bodies (read our review of that one HERE) and Bobbi Salvor Menuez of Nocturnal Animals (which we reviewed at THIS LINK) – will be receiving a limited theatrical release on September 8th, with a digital release following on September 15th. With those dates right around the corner, the ratings board at the Motion Picture Association has gone ahead given the film an R rating for “language throughout, sexual content, nudity, some drug use and violence“.
My Animal is coming our way from Paramount Global Content Distribution. The film, directed by Jacqueline Castel from a screenplay written by Jae Matthews for her first feature, is set in a small town and tells of Heather (Menuez), a teenage hockey goalie who falls in love with the town’s newcomer, Stenberg, a beautiful but tormented figure skating. Heather’s growing desire clashes with her darkest secret as their relationship grows, forcing her control the werewolf within. Director Castel has also stated that “
My animal tells a story of inheritance, about what is passed down through our family and how it defines us as people.” It’s also a story of first love, and how it can be a catalyst for change and reveal what we need most. What made me unique also defined me and transformed me. The real battle that Heather’s character and I fought in our youth is to find the courage to accept and express ourselves. The struggles of these characters show us what works and doesn’t in the quest for self-actualization and authenticity, as well as the courage that we must summon when faced with personal crisis and discrimination. In My animal I invite the audience to get lost in Heather Anderson’s otherness. In so doing, I not only compel the audience to feel connected to a character who at first may appear to have little in common with them, but also to learn the same lessons that she does: only by embracing the traits that make us outcasts, and even subject to scorn, do we learn to become fully ourselves.“
was produced by Andrew Bronfman and Michael Solomon, with Stenberg and Menuez serving as executive producers.
Screenwriter Jae Matthews happens to be one half of the electronic music band Boy Harsher, which recently had songs on the soundtracks for the horror movies Terrifier 2 and Halloween Ends
. The score was composed by Augustus Muller. He is the other half of Boy Harsher. Are you happy to hear that it has an R rating? Leave a comment to let us know what you think.