Ryan Reynolds Owns a Cat That Tells Him to Kill People

Sunday afternoon, The Voices premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was a lot different than the circle jerky coming of age stories that Sundance festival-goers are used to.

The Voices, a horror-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, tells the story of a happy psychopath factory worker who goes home every night to talk to his dog and cat who debate whether he should kill more women. The dog is against it while, appropriately, the cat is for it. Cats are misanthropes and huge assholes. Here’s a description from Vulture.

Things start pleasantly enough, but by the time Reynolds makes his first kill, repeatedly stabbing his pretty coworker Gemma Arterton while also apologizing, “I’m sorry if I hurt you!” things take a real turn for the crazy. The scene where Reynolds saws Arterton into little bloody pieces and pops her severed head into the fridge — then imagines the head talking to him, too — pushed more than a few audience members to their limit, thanks to the movie’s gruesome, bone-cutting sound effects. Eventually, Arterton’s head “asks” Reynolds, “Can you get me a friend?” and he sets his murderous sights on Kendrick, his pretty coworker. It does not go well.

Director Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born cartoonist who did the animated feature Persepolis, said she was at first put off by all the gore in the film but eventually warmed up to it.

Even Satrapi could hardly believe that she pulled off such a blood-drenched film. “I read the script and I said to my producer, we are not going to do anything with gore,” Satrapi said at the post-premiere Q&A. “I don’t like blood, there’s no way I’m gonna do this kind of stuff.” But when it came time to film a scene where Arterton is splashed with blood by a talking deer who asks to have his throat slit (it’s that kind of movie, guys), some sort of switch went off in Satrapi. “I was just completely crazy,” she said. “I was like, ‘MORE BLOOD! MORE BLOOD!’ And I realized that I actually really liked it.”

Hopefully they didn’t stray too far from the Sundance formula. I’d like to see Ryan Reynolds “find himself” while bathing in the blood of his factory workers. Maybe one scene where he looks into his bowl of cereal and teeth and thinks to himself, “Is this all there is to life?” And then his cat just points to a kitchen knife and goes, “Meow!”

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