Totem (film)

Totem is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Marcel Sarmiento and starring Kerris Dorsey, Ahna O’Reilly and James Tupper.[1] The film is written by Evan Dickson, from a story by Dickson and Sarmiento.[2] The film is a co-production between Blumhouse Productions, Divide/Conquer and Gunpowder & Sky [Wikidata].

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Directed byMarcel Sarmiento
Produced by
  • Adam Hendricks
  • John H. Lang
  • Greg Gilreath
  • William Day Frank
Written byEvan Dickson
Story by
  • Evan Dickson
  • Marcel Sarmiento
Music byJoseph Bauer
CinematographyHarry Lipnick
Edited byPhillip Blackford
Distributed byCinemax
Release date
  • October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was released on October 31, 2017 by Cinemax.[3]


When widowed father James asks his new-age girlfriend to move in, his daughters Kellie and Abby have trouble adjusting. As things become increasingly tense, a series of unexplained occurrences leads Kellie to look for a way to use a totem to control the supernatural presence in the house.[4]



Principal photography on the film began in November 2015.[5]

Additional photography took place in December 2016.


The film was shot in the 2:35:1 aspect ratio but was cropped to 1:78:1 to fit HBO/Cinemax broadcast standards. The film was released on October 31, 2017.[6][7]


  1. ^ Sprague, Mike (October 12, 2017). "Exclusive: First Look at Director Marcel Sarmiento's Totem". Dread Central. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (October 3, 2017). "'Totem' Brings Luck to Bloody Disgusting Alumni, Halloween Release on Cinemax!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Knight, Jacob (October 16, 2017). "BMD Exclusive Clip: TOTEM Definitely Doesn't Save The Cat". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
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  5. ^ "The pecking order defined #setlife". Instagram.
  6. ^ Collis, Clarke (October 16, 2017). "Watch a hair-raising clip from horror film Totem". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Miska, Brad (October 13, 2017). "New 'Totem' Images Creep Their Way Online". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 16, 2017.

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