Podtalk: Director Gigi Saul Guerrero Previews ‘Culture Shock’ at Cinepocalypse Film Fest

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CHICAGO – She calls her style of grindhouse and gore films “Tex Mex,” and you won’t find a better femme fatale producing a better debut film in that genre. Director Gigi Saul Guerrero gave Chicago audiences a sneak preview – at the Cinepocalypse Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre – of her debut “Culture Shock,” which will premiere for Hulu on July 4th, 2019, part of their “Into the Dark” series of horror films through Blumhouse Television.

Ain’t That America: ‘Culture Shock,’ Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
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Marisol (Martha Higareda) has no choice but to make the arduous crossing from Mexico to the USA, to give her unborn child a better life. After paying off several go-betweens to get the task done, she finds herself still captured by U.S. border guards. She blacks out, only to wake up clean, no longer pregnant and safe within an American utopia this side of Pleasantville. Is this a new weigh station for incoming expatriates, or some sinister trap to force her back to Mexico? With a dash of wit and a splash of blood, the questions will be answered in this wild and ripped-from-the-headlines film.

In a Podtalk Soundbite with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, director Gigi Saul Guerrero observes her unique use of blood splatter in “Culture Shock.” The full interview will publish closer to the Hulu premiere of July 4th, 2019.

”Culture Shock,” directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, premieres on the Hulu streaming service on July 4th, 2019. For more information about the “Into the Dark” Anthology, click here. For more information on Cinepocalypse, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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