Part crazy documentary part insane horror thriller are a few words to describe the feature TICKLED from David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. What’s starts as a weird little story about a fetish that most didn’t even know existed becomes a dark and twisted tale that the filmmakers may not survive. TICKLED was the talk of Sundance and will be in limited theaters on June 17th. An alternate poster and a few clips have now been available and we have them for you to see ahead ICYMI courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
One of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, TICKLED begins with reporter David Farrier stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, and reaching out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.
Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.
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