The musician’s iconoclastic directorial debut Kuso (2017) heralded the birth of a bonkers new voice in the horror genre. Flying Lotus is set to begin filming his next feature film – Ash – later this year.
The musician has been flirting with cinema on many occasions and worked with the likes of David Lynch and Alma Her’El in the past. In 2017, his directorial debut premiered at Sundance Film Festival and made headlines as one of the grossest and most mind-bending films to ever grace the festival. Not everyone thought highly of Kuso (2017). The movie ended up with only a 36% score on Rotten Tomatoes and left most viewers pondering what the f*** they’ve just watched.
The second feature film in his dossier was announced earlier this year. Flying Lotus revealed only a brief idea for this blend of sci-fi and horror, describing the plot as “a story about a woman who wakes up on a distant planet and finds the crew of her space station viciously killed.”
Flying Lotus seems determined to become a prominent figure in genre filmmaking. In a press release, the filmmaker mentioned – “I have a strong desire to innovate in the sci-fi space, and I really want to show the world something they’ve never seen before.” Quite a bold statement, but judging by the variegated twists, turns, and oddities served in Kuso (2017), Ash won’t be our ordinary popcorn entertainment.
Getting the vibes of Alien (1979), Event Horizon (1997), or other cosmic horrors is totally understood. When asked about his favorite films ever, Flying Lotus mentioned Tetsuo: The Ironman (1989), Eraserhead (1977), and Fantastic Planet (1973) – all three perfect examples of psychedelic, and bizarre masterpieces.
Flying Lotus will also score the film, which is another reason to immediately add Ash to the watchlist.