Tom DeLonge’s directorial feature debut, Monsters of California, has released its first trailer, focusing on efforts to uncover a major government conspiracy.
DeLonge, the Blink-182 rocker and noted champion of UFO research, helmed and co-wrote the film that Screen Media launches theatrically and on-demand Oct. 6. The cast includes Jack Samson (Zodiac), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Camille Kostek (Free Guy), Richard Kind (A Serious Man) and Arianne Zucker (Days of Our Lives).
Monsters of California centers on Dallas (Samson) and his outcast group of high school friends attempting to shed light on a paranormal conspiracy in Southern California that the political powers that be have kept under wraps.
“They don’t want you to know anything,” Kind says ominously in the footage. “This is going to shatter any idea you have about reality.”
The trailer shows Dallas working to use his father’s clandestine research to help shed light on the family’s mysterious past. “I’m literally about to find out what happened to Dad after all these years,” he exclaims. “I’m this close.”
DeLonge directed the movie from a script he penned with Ian Miller and Ben Kull. DeLonge, Stan Spry and Eric Scott Woods are producers. Monsters of California features an original score from Ilan Rubin that was produced by DeLonge and Aaron Rubin, and a version of the Blink-182 song “Aliens Exist” appears prominently in the trailer.
This has been a busy stretch for DeLonge, who has recently been performing with Blink-182 on the European leg of the legendary pop-punk band’s popular World Tour 2023/2024. This marks the group’s first run of shows since DeLonge rejoined fellow bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker after stepping away in 2014.