It Lives Inside | Bishal Dutta Bringing a South Asian Demon to Horror Genre

It Lives Inside

In South Asian lore, there are untapped stories and lore in the Dharmic religions that can terrify people. Director/writer Bishal Dutta tapped into a pishacha to be the adversary in the new horror movie It Lives Inside.

This invisible flesh-eating creature appears in the Hindu and Buddhist mythologies that haunt the weak.

The film stars Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Vik Sahay, Gage Marsh, Beatrice Kitsos, and Betty Gabriel.

Here is the full synopsis of It Lives Inside:

Sam is desperate to fit in at school, rejecting her Indian culture and family to be like everyone else. When a mythological demonic spirit latches onto her former best friend, she must come to terms with her heritage in order to defeat it.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer Bishal Dutta. We talked about the mythological demon, generational cultural differences with Indians in America, and the creature feature of the pishacha.

Bishal Dutta is a festival award-winning director. He gained recognition for his short film Life In Color after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival American Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. His sophomore short film Inferno got the attention of acclaimed director James Wan, who encouraged him to direct his first feature film with It Lives Inside.

It Lives Inside is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Watch the exclusive interview with Bishal Dutta below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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