If one of the big messages to be gleaned from the zombie genre is that humans are the real monsters then one of the big messages to be gleaned from the apocalypse thriller Refuge (out Tuesday) is that you don’t actually need zombies to make that point. Directed and cowritten by Andrew Robertson, the film stars Carter Roy, Amy Rutberg (Daredevil), and young actress Eva Grace Kellner as a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the population has been almost entirely wiped out by disease.
“It’s been really surprising to see how people have responded to the world we created,” Robertson told EW in 2014 during the film’s festival run. “That’s been thrilling for me. Because you never know. You’re like, Are people going to be wanting zombies? Are they going to be wanting apes? Are they going to be wanting over-the-top action? People have found it a refreshing breather from the constant onslaught of those types of films. Some people were saying, ‘Oh, that was so brave of you.’ It was never my intention to be brave. It was just the story we wanted to tell.”
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Refuge is available to watch on VOD, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Live, Playstation, VUDU, and YouTube. You can see an exclusive clip from the film above, and the movie’s trailer below.