Because of the web, the times when all we needed to fear about was a single crazed “primary fan” like Annie Wilkes in “Distress” are lengthy since behind us. Followers, trolls, and countrymen can all now mobilize on-line, and whether or not deliberately or not, inventive individuals may weaponize their fan base to get they need, be it a 4-hour director’s reduce or the comparatively innocuous act of saving a beloved sequence from cancellation.
As I wrote a couple of years in the past, fandom is its personal Twenty first-century faith … however what occurs when the faith acts extra like a dying cult? “Swarm” seems to be poised to discover that query, as Dominique Fishback’s antihero, Dre, will get drawn into a bunch of “crazy-ass followers” and turns into “a killer bee” to fill the outlet in her life left by her sister skipping out on her.
The brief synopsis accompanying this trailer, which makes use of a canopy of the Pixies’ “Combat Membership” anthem “The place Is My Thoughts?”, describes Dre as “a younger lady whose obsession with a pop star takes a darkish flip.” The sequence is alleged to be partially impressed by Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” which was a significant affect on “Joker,” a film that positioned its personal antihero as a sort of “cinematic stand-in for the Twitter mob,” as our evaluation known as it.
Along with Fishback, “Swarm” guest-stars Chlöe Bailey as Dre’s sister, Marissa, and Damson Idris as Marissa’s boyfriend, Khalid. The sequence additionally options Rickey Thompson, Paris Jackson, Rory Culkin, Kiersey Clemons, and Byron Bowers. Fittingly for a sequence known as “Swarm,” all episodes of this present are flying to Prime Video en masse on March 17, 2023.