Abruptio (May 31)

From writer/director Evan Marlowe comes Abruptio, a thriller with an intense premise: a man wakes up one morning to find that a bomb has been implanted in his neck. If he wants to keep it from going off, he has to do things—horrible things—all while trying to find out who is doing this to him and why. It sounds pretty bizarre, even before you get to the part in the synopsis where it explains that all the characters "will be performed by life-sized, realistic latex puppets."

Providing voice work are James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in the lead, along with horror icons Sid Haig and Robert Englund, and future horror icon Jordan Peele. While it's worth acknowledging that employing puppets to tell the story of a man forced to do things against his will has the ring of potential brilliance, it's also likely that Abruptio may be the kind of Uncanny Valley head-screw that will send audience members with certain sensitivities screaming into the theater lobby. With an unspecified 2018 release date, we'll just have to wait to see whether it's a work of genius, madness, or both.