Addison Heimann’s disturbing debut feature comes to theaters this summer.
After a successful debut at this year’s SXSW, Addison Heimann’s directorial debut Hypochondriac comes to theaters this summer. The queer indie horror film is a deeply upsetting, and necessary, look at the horrors of intergenerational trauma and mental illness.
Will, a young Hispanic gay potter, is one gregarious guy. His boss is terrible, but he’s got a great boyfriend and a great job. Unfortunately, behind that veneer is a dark past of violence and mental illness that he is desperate to keep hidden. When his bipolar mother comes out of the woodwork after ten years of silence, he begins exhibiting unexplainable symptoms and spirals into an obsession, determined to solve this mystery of his own.
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In our review out of SXSW, Mary Beth McAndrews wrote of the film:
Hypochondriac is a difficult watch, especially for those coping with parental trauma. But it’s also an incredibly important film that provides a much-needed look at the reality of mental illness and the ways we mask it to avoid being open about our feelings in fear of being judged… Hypochondriac never shies away from that messiness, creating a character who I deeply love and will forever appreciate.
Zach Villa, Devon Graye, Paget Brewster, Marlene Forte, Madeline Zima, Yumarie Morales, and Chris Doubek star in the film.
XYZ Films releases Hypochondriac in theaters on July 29, 2022 and on Demand and Digital on August 4, 2022.