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An insomniac writer's sleep-deprived hallucinations distort reality as paranoia drives him to extreme violence.


Trevor Juenger


Trevor Juenger
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Credited cast:
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Bill
James Westbrook James Westbrook ... Knife
Joe Hammerstone ... Graphics Guy
Heather Schlitt ... Homeless Woman
Victoria Mullen ... Jesse
Shawn I. Chevalier ... Joan
David Wassilak David Wassilak ... Tom
Daniel Irwin Daniel Irwin ... Magician
Aliyah Studt ... Little Girl
Bill Finkbiner Bill Finkbiner ... Joe
Ryan Caldwell Ryan Caldwell ... Technical Director
Nick Brian Walters Nick Brian Walters ... Shop Owner
Sydney Joanne Hood Sydney Joanne Hood ... Secretary
Tasha Zebrowski Tasha Zebrowski ... Thumbsucker
John Lewis John Lewis ... Teen


An insomniac writer's sleep-deprived hallucinations distort reality as paranoia drives him to extreme violence.

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Sleep is the enemy.

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Release Date:

16 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Louis, Missouri, USA


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$40,000 (estimated)
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During the filming of Coyote, all outdoors areas were subject to a "no burn notice" due to a substantial drought and likelihood of a wildfire. Production built several large campfires throughout filming in the woods. See more »


When Bill watches a scene from Night of the Living Dead, he's seen wearing a gold chain that never appears again. See more »


References Crabs in a Dollhouse (2011) See more »

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What the indie horror scene should be
30 March 2015 | by horizon2008See all my reviews

In an age of terrible haunted house and ghost movies, spurred on by the septic legacy of hacks like James Wan (ok he did two good flicks in Saw and Death Sentence) you'd kinda think that the alternative world of indie or low budget horror would be a breath of fresh air, but no, that sadly isn't the case. Without naming names, our greatest hopes today seem to be happy to churn out pathetic rehashes of tired old torture flicks relying on shock and gore to attain notoriety, but rather than actually shocking us, they end up putting us to sleep. Do we really want to see another male/female tied to a chair and be assaulted any more? With no effort at all put into plot, dialogue (or worst of all) acting? Horror fans are much more discerning now and we're sick and tired of being treated like imbeciles who must enjoy everything filled with buckets of blood and fake boobs bouncing around on screen. Yeah, maybe this works for teenage boys new to the genre, but it doesn't work for those of us born with (at least) half a brain so can we please ask those directors involved to kindly stop? Please? Now go away and watch a few good movies (not just a few 80s slashers and a couple of German splatterfests) then come back and see us when you've learned something eh? The independent/ underground area of any entertainment media is supposed to bring originality and innovation, so why aren't we getting it in the horror scene? Which brings me to Coyote.... Its still quite early in 2015, but already we've had a few promising offerings that bode well for the year ahead and Coyote is certainly one of those. The film is an insane headf*** of an experience, never relying on tired (current) torture tropes and remaining totally unpredictable throughout its entire runtime. Its hilariously twisted in parts where you will literally laugh out loud at what you're seeing (well I did) but on other occasions you'll be cringing at its nastiness. Bill Oberst Jr is a revelation in this movie, I honestly couldn't imagine many other actors pulling it off. His depiction of one mans descent into madness is just wonderful, and I gotta say there was a certain amount of bravery involved there too haha. Novel, fascinating, and enthralling, I watched it while really not knowing what to expect next. So, if you love horror, and (like most) you're getting a little sick and tired of what's being force fed to the underground scene these days, check out Coyote. Its a breath of (rancid) fresh air.

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