‘ARCADIAN’ (2024) Near-future creature-feature brings fright and excitement.

rlje films logo


Arcadian 2024 poster

Years after a virus ravaged Earth’s population, Paul and his twin sons, Thomas and Joseph, exist on a remote farm, battling dangerous creatures that come after dark. When the boys alter plans one day, their entire existence teeters on the edge. The boys are like oil and water. When Paul nearly dies, they must cooperate to survive.

Nic Cage brings a surprising calmness to the role of Paul. His steady guidance, protective nature, and genuine connection with his co-stars draw you in. Unlike the usual Nic Cage genre fare, where we revel in his quirky behavior, ARCADIAN reminds us of his depth in drama. He is intensely compelling.

ARCADIAN - Still 6Maxwell Jenkins gives Thomas the volatile toxicity of a hormonal teenage boy. Fiercely independent and craving social interaction, Thomas puts his family in danger by keeping secrets. He is entirely unlikeable, meaning Jenkins does his job correctly.

Jaeden Martell plays Joseph with a quiet, analytical brain. He studies and tracks the creatures’ behavior, leaning into his humanity. Martell shines in his authentic compassion. Joseph’s knowledge proves vital to their survival.

ARCADIAN - Still 11The immersive handheld camera work and sound editing immediately draw you in. When we get our first glimpse of the creatures, it is jarring. It took my breath away. The more we see, the more shocking the reaction. It is wildly bizarre and completely original. Due to the lack of backstory, the audience must go along for the ride from moment to moment.

I would love for writer Mike Nilon and director Benjamin Brewer to team up for a prequel. ARCADIAN is some real WTF creature feature stuff wrapped in honest near-future drama. It is 100% worth your attention.

View The Trailer Here

RLJE Films Will Release ARCADIAN exclusively In Theaters on April 12

Directed by Benjamin Brewer

Written by Mike Nilon

Starring Nicolas Cage, Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins, and Sadie Soverall

ARCADIAN - Still 1

For more RLJE Films, click here!


Review: ‘PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND’ sees Nic Cage paired up with director Sion Sono in some fantastic weirdness.


PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND is set in the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town where a ruthless bank robber (Cage) is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor (Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Boutella) has gone missing. The Governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within three days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman—and his own path to redemption.

Is this another out-of-this-world Nic Cage movie? Duh. Is it like watching a graphic novel and an episode of MST3K, all at once?! Yup. Overall, the screenplay features the smallest bit of backstory, and perhaps an homage to films like Return To Oz, Mad Max, and even The Wiz. There is so much happening in this wild story. I would not be angry if sequels popped up sooner rather than later. I have so many questions about this world that I’d even love a prequel! Give me all the whacked-out colorful silliness that is Prisoners of The Ghostland. I demand a franchise.

Bill Moseley is a genre giant. While my favorite role happens to be from Repo! The Genetic Opera, he’s undeniably awesome as The Governor. It is no surprise that his iconic voice makes for an entrancing watch. I love everything about this man. Sofia Boutella, who was fantastic in Settlers, absolutely holds her own against the chaos of the film and Cage. Her presence is glowing, and this performance is phenomenal. How is Nic Cage so effortlessly cool? This is one of life’s great mysteries. He’s in his element among the strange that is Prisoners of The Ghostland. This might as well be a double feature with Willy’s Wonderland. Hell, it could be the same character in an alternate dimension. You’re either a fan of Cage, or you’re wrong.

This film’s visual is all about vibrant color. Your eyes dart everywhere in an attempt to take in every detail. Joseph Trapanese’s score is gorgeous. You will not be able to ignore it. The costumes are wild, and the set dressing is bewildering. Prisoners of The Ghostland is a genre-defying spectacle. It’s captivating in its eccentricity. It deserves to be viewed on the largest possible screen. You’ve never seen anything like this film. The story is completely disjointed at times, but that’s not a reason to write this off. Will I watch this again because it’s destined to be a cult favorite? You know it.

RLJE Films will release PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND on September 17, 2021, in theaters, on VOD, and Digital.

The film made its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by the acclaimed Japanese director, Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell), the film was written by Aaron Hendry and Rexa Sixo Safai (Western Wonderland).  The film stars Nicolas Cage (Mandy), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), Nick Cassavetes (Face/Off), Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Franchise), Tak Sakaguchi (Tokyo Tribe), and Yuzuka Nakaya (The Forest of Love). Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy, The Raid: Redemption, The Greatest Showman) composed the original score.

vhjv bleeper