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I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been watching too much Netflix lately, but I feel like I haven’t seen a good YA movie in awhile.


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Like, there’s been some, but none that have knocked me off my feet, you know?

That is until I saw the trailer for Fear Of Rain, which is an upcoming thriller starring Madison Iseman, Katherine Heigl, Israel Broussard and Harry Connick Jr.

Broussard and Iseman crouching down on the ground while leaning against the side of a car


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You know when you finish a trailer and immediately need to see the whole movie? That’s what I went through when I watched this!

Oh, and it was also written and directed by none other than Castille Landon, who you might recognise from the After series.

A red carpet photo of Castille Landon


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The movie centres on teenager Rain Burroughs (played by Iseman) and her experiences after being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

A closeup of Rain (played by Iseman)


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This is portrayed through her everyday struggle of determining which of the vivid images, voices and intense feelings she experiences are real and which are all in her mind.


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Things take a spooky turn, when Rain goes against her parents’ (played by Heigl and Connick Jr.) advice and investigates the shadows and cries she’s been hearing from her neighbour’s attic.


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But, there’s ANOTHER twist. Rain enlists the help of Caleb (played by Broussard), the charmingly awkward new boy at school who may not even believe her.


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Speaking of boys, you might recognise Broussard from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Happy Death Day and The Bling Ring.


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Speaking of boys, you might recognise Broussard from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Happy Death Day and The Bling Ring.

Judging by the trailer, this sure looks like one movie that’s bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rain is crying, while her reflection in the mirror is screaming at her


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Also, imagine having Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick Jr. as your parents?!?!

Now, it’s fair to say that Hollywood has a long history of doing more harm than good when it comes to portraying mental illnesses. But, with Fear Of Rain, it’s important to note that the director’s greatest priority with this film is to “shatter stereotypes of portraying persons with serious mental illness as dangerous villains, unworthy of love.”

Rain's dad caresses her face while she's asleep


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Instead, Landon wanted to portray Rain as an “empathetic, layered and beautiful character”, which is a refreshing take and message to represent, especially in a teen movie.

Rain laying on her bed awake


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This also ties back into Landon’s research for Fear Of Rain, with the movie’s development being influenced by her exploration of schizophrenia in young persons.

Rain taking a shower; she has her eyes closed while the water runs over her face


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Landon’s research included first-person accounts on YouTube videos and blogs, reading various literature (in particular The Center Cannot Hold by Dr Elyn Saks) and engaging with the r/schizophrenia community present on Reddit.

So while this looks like a great YA thriller, it’s also hopefully an important opportunity for some in the schizophrenia community to be seen and heard.

Rain's parents consoling her in her bedroom


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Because it’s important to remember that people experience schizophrenia differently — so what Rain goes through might not be the same for others. It’s her own, unique experience.

Here’s the trailer for Fear Of Rain, which comes out on February 12!


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