Appendage Makes a New Kind of Monster Out of Terrible Self-Doubt

Self-doubt takes a whole new horrifying form in the trailer for Appendage, a wacky Huluween offering in which… well, to be honest, I’m not sure which is more deadly: The stress of fashion? A rather scheming sort of psychiatrist? Or the nasty physical changes that appear when poor Hannah (Hadley Robinson) gets too deep in the emotional murk?

Here’s the synopsis:

Hannah (Hadley Robinson), a young fashion designer, seems fine on the surface but secretly struggles with debilitating self-doubt. Soon these buried feelings begin to make Hannah physically sick and sprout into a ferocious growth on her body: The Appendage. As Hannah’s health declines, The Appendage begins to fuel her anxieties – her perceived lack of talent at work, her deteriorating relationships with her boyfriend and best friend, and her parents’ lack of love and understanding. At her breaking point, Hannah makes a shocking discovery — there are others out there like her.

An important detail if you ever enjoyed the brilliant You’re the Worst: Edgar (Desmin Borges) is here as Hannah’s extremely bossy boss, and Sam (Brandon Mychal Smith) is her boyfriend.

Appendage began its creepy, skin-picking existence as a short film by Anna Zlokovic that was part of Hulu’s 2021 Huluween lineup. The feature-length version is also written and directed by Zlokovic, and arrives on Hulu on October 2nd.

This post was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the film being covered here wouldn’t exist.

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