Jeffrey Epstein’s monstrosity has inspired an upcoming horror movie.
Set to premiere at the virtual Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday, “The Scary of Sixty-First” is the directorial debut of leftist podcaster Dasha Nekrasova.
“I made a horror movie because it is a horrifying thing,” Nekrasova recently told The Los Angeles Times.
The low-budget thriller follows two young women who score a suspiciously affordable Manhattan apartment — only to discover it was once owned by Epstein, the disgraced financier who died in August 2019 while in custody on federal sex trafficking charges.
A strange unnamed woman, played by 30-year-old Nekrasova, appears to tell the recent college grads that their Upper East Side pad was possibly used as Epstein’s “orgy flop house” and to “house his slaves,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
From there, the film reportedly takes a twisted turn, with one of the characters finding herself in a state of “pseudo-possession” that compels her to commit graphic sexual acts, including pleasuring herself outside the multi-million dollar townhouse.
The indie flick dives into a slew of Epstein-related conspiracy theories, with the characters pouring over the convicted sex offender’s autopsy report, private island and so-called “Lolita Express” private jet, THR reported.
“Those elements were developed out of wanting to infuse the movie with the visual vocabulary of the Epstein stuff,” Nekrasova told the LA Times.
Nekrasova, the co-host of the “Red Scare” podcast, said she began writing the ghoulish tale in September 2019, shortly after Epstein’s suicide, with co-author Maddie Quinn.
“At the time of his death, was living very close to the prison where he died,” she told Variety. “His presence was very felt in New York and obviously there were extremely mysterious circumstances around his death so I felt a kind of mania and futility about the conspiracy of it all.”
“The script really was born out of reckoning with the mystery of his death and the traumatic legacy of his life.”
Nekrasova described the movie as “kind of like a love letter to Stanley Kubrick” and his 1999 psycho-drama “Eyes Wide Shut.”
“I think, to [Kubrick’s] worldview and a lot of his philosophies and ideas about power — that power is a very destructive and corrupt force,” she told the Times.
But the story is also personal to Nekrasova, who said she knows one of Epstein’s victims and once accompanied her to court.
“I felt very, very grounded in the real kind of horror of it,” she said. “And in that way, making a psychological horror movie feels truer to me than a lot of the documentaries that have come out.”
Asked by Variety whether she believes Epstein actually killed himself, Nekrasova said “I definitely don’t.”
“I think that’s highly improbable [but] I don’t have a favorite pet theory,” she said.
“The conclusion of the film is sort of about that feeling of futility, of not being able to know, of being helpless in the face of overwhelming power structures and forces.”