The Beta Test – Fantastic Fest 2021

Theatrical
The Beta Test – Fantastic Fest 2021
The Beta Test – Fantastic Fest 2021

An engaged Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, infidelity, and digital data.

What happens when a Hollywood hot shot gets a secret invitation to a no strings attached sexual encounter? What happens when he takes advantage of that invitation and have a mental breakdown over the incident that leads into a word of chaos, infidelity, and terrifying data hacks.

Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe both co-direct, write and star in The Beta Test. It is one of the craziest, wildest, blackest comedies that brings a new level of cringe and joy to the genre. Cummings performance encapsulates the sleazy Hollywood agent stereotype who wants to gain everything he can, even if it’s wrong.

The Beta Test is one of the craziest black comedies I’ve ever seen, where the lead is so unlikable, and you want to watch him suffer due to his character. You cannot look away as he continues to fall apart as he looks for answers. The Beta Test is absolutely bonkers, and batshit crazy, go in as blind as humanly possible and enjoy the madness that unfolds throughout the feature.

8.5

Great

My earliest movie memory, outside of my home theatre in my basement, was going to the local Video 99 and wanting to rent ET only to be told by the shop owner it was playing down the street in theatres. My love for cinema has been alive for as long as I can honestly remember. I would frequent the cinema minutes down from my house daily. It was a second home. Movies are an escape from the everyday world, a window into the soul, a distant friend. If I’m not watching a movie, I’m probably watching a tv show, if I’m doing neither I’m asleep.

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