Podtalk: Director Gigi Saul Guerrero Debuts ‘Culture Shock,’ Streaming on Hulu, July 4, 2019

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CHICAGO – She calls her style of grindhouse and gore films “Tex Mex,” and you won’t find a better femme fatale producing a better debut film in that genre. Director Gigi Saul Guerrero makes her feature film debut with “Culture Shock,” which will premiere for the Hulu streaming service on July 4th, 2019, part of their “Into the Dark” series of horror films through Blumhouse Television.

Ain’t That America: Martha Higareda in ‘Culture Shock’
Photo credit: Hulu

Marisol (Martha Higareda) has no choice but to make the arduous crossing from Mexico to the USA, to give her unborn child a better life. After paying off several go-betweens to get the task done, she finds herself still captured by U.S. border guards. She blacks out, only to wake up clean, no longer pregnant and safe within an American utopia this side of Pleasantville. Is this a new weigh station for incoming expatriates, or some sinister trap to force her back to Mexico? With a dash of wit and a splash of blood, the questions will be answered in this wild and ripped-from-the-headlines film.

Director Gigi Saul Guerrero of ‘Culture Shock’ in Chicago
Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

In Part One of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, director Gigi Saul Guerrero reflects her early interest in horror, the specific production design of “Culture Shock” and how immigration works as a theme.

In Part Two, Ms. Guerrero talks actors, philosophies and her use of fake blood in her style of films.

”Culture Shock,” directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, premieres on the Hulu streaming service on July 4th, 2019. For more information about the “Into the Dark” Anthology, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2019 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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