The Automatic Hate Trailer (2016)

When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it.

Since the film borders on incest, it is an interesting phenomenon that incest between comparable age "cousins" is considered a two-front war within the subconscious. For one, the word "incest" is enough to make some squirmish, and the thought of the kissing-cousins stigma and the fact that the resulting offspring have increased possibility of being genetically compromised is enough to keep those of the same blood away from one another. One the other hand, people are naturally attracted to those that resemble the same traits as them, including how they look. Yikes!

The Automatic Hate (2016) It's about to get weird...

The Automatic Hate has two hurdles it is going to need to clear in hopes of getting audiences into theaters for its limited run. First-- You have high family drama with a redneck flair that is not exactly a draw for moviegoers. And then you throw incest on the top and you have even more problems; talk about an uncomfortable theater.

Yes, Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) is plenty "alluring" and one can understand why a guy would have some sexual attraction to her but, then again, I'm removing the entire idea of being blood-related. Besides, if I was Davis (Joseph Cross), I'd go for Deborah Ann Woll from "True Blood." All the cuteness without the deformed kids. Just saying.

Based on reviews out of SXSW, the critics seem to agree. While there is a lot to like about The Automatic Hate, the film does seem to get bogged down with pacing and the underlying feeling of being uncomfortable.

2 min 2 sec


Posted On
February 04, 2016
Justin Lerner

Justin Lerner

Film Movement

March 11, 2016
Joseph Cross
Adelaide Clemens
Deborah Ann Woll
Richard Schiff
Ricky Jay
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