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The Beta Test

Directed by Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
2021
USA, UK
93 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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A secret sexual encounter triggers an existential nightmare for a Hollywood agent in this riveting social horror from Jim Cummings (Thunder Road) and PJ McCabe.
The Beta Test is a pulsating combination of crime mystery, Hollywood satire, erotic thriller and fevered psycho-horror. It centres on Jordan Hines (Cummings, superb), a smarmy, image-obsessed talent agency shark. On the eve of his wedding, he receives a purple envelope inviting him to a thrilling “no-strings-attached” sexual encounter. He’s unable to resist, and so begins a snowballing series of events that catapult Hines into the toxic netherworld of LA and into the black hole of his own sociopathic existence. As his anxiety and paranoia escalate to dizzying, semi-surreal heights, the impression is that Hines would gladly sell his soul to find out who sent that purple envelope – if only he had a soul left to sell.
A libidinous thriller about how the treacherous risks of adultery have been magnified by #MeToo and the age of digital tracking, and a nightmare of Internet consumerism run amok.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
USA, UK
Language
In English, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish with English subtitles
Director
Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
Producer
Natalie Metzger, Matt Miller, Benjamin Wiessner
Cast
Jim Cummings, Virginia Newcomb, PJ McCabe
Screenwriter
Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
Cinematographer
Kenneth Wales
Editor
Jim Cummings
Production Company
Vanishing Angle
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