October 16, 2017 at 04:18 PM EDT

In the horror film Totem (out Oct. 31), a teenage girl must resort to extreme measures to protect her family from a supernatural entity.

Any chance screenwriter Evan Dickson can expand on that description of this new film from director Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, V/H/S Viral)?

“Without giving too much away, I can say [that] when I brought the idea to Marcel I was very much of the mind that I wanted to try my hand at writing a supernatural horror film, but also wanted to deconstruct it a bit and avoid the kind of resolution these films typically arrive at,” explains Dickson. “So, while Totem leans into a lot of these established tropes, it’s hopefully in the service of flipping this particular subgenre on its ear a bit.”

Totem stars Kerris Dorsey, Ahna O’Reilly, James Tupper, Lia McHugh, Braeden Lemasters, and Lawrence Pressman. The film is produced by Divide/Conquer and was co-acquired by Gunpowder & Sky and Blumhouse.

Blumhouse and Cinemax will release Totem on VOD/cable/apps in the U.S. on Oct 31 and internationally, Nov. 3. 

Watch an exclusive clip from the film, above.

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