It Lives Inside
It Lives Inside is a 2023 American horror thriller film written and directed by Bishal Dutta, from a story by Ashish Mehta. Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Betty Gabriel, Vik Sahay and Gage Marsh are all set to star in the much-awaited film which is slated for a 2023 release in the United States through Neon.
The film follows Sam (Suri), an Indian-American teenager who struggles with her cultural identity and tries to fit in with her peers. She has a falling out with her former best friend Tamira (Krishnan), who mysteriously carries around an empty mason jar all the time. In a moment of anger, Sam breaks Tamira’s jar and unleashes an ancient Indian demonic force that grows stronger by feeding on her loneliness. Sam searches for Tamira, following the trail of a young man who performed a deadly ritual, until the demonic entity starts targeting her, murdering her boyfriend and shattering her reality with horrifying visions. Sam must band together with her parents (Bajwa and Sahay) and a sympathetic teacher (Gabriel) to save Tamira and put an end to the terror of the demon.
The film is inspired by Dutta’s own childhood experience of being born in India and moving to North America at the age of four. He wanted to create a horror film that reflects his dual identity and introduces audiences to the rich and diverse Indian mythology that is rarely seen in mainstream cinema. The film draws from the concept of Pishachas, malevolent spirits that possess humans and cause them to do evil deeds. Dutta explained: “I always wondered, what were families like mine doing while Bruce the shark tore through Amity’s waters, while Freddy Krueger slashed teenagers in the dreamscape, and while Jack Torrance chased his son through the maze-like halls of the Overlook? As it developed, It Lives Inside formed its own dual identity much like mine. On one hand, it is a love letter to the community and culture that raised me while on the other, it is a visceral experience that is designed to instill the same raw terror in its viewers that my favorite horror films instilled in me. ”
It Lives Inside is set to hit theaters on November 3, 2023.