Johnny Galecki promises there will still be some laughs in his new movie “The Cleanse,” but the “Big Bang Theory” and “Roseanne” star tells TheWrap that this fantasy goes deeper into the universal human struggle to “kill your inner demons before they kill you” than his current TV sitcoms.
Written and directed by Bobby Miller, “The Cleanse” stars Galecki as Paul, a man who struggles immensely with social anxiety and decides to go on a retreat that promises to cleanse one’s inner demons.
Joined by three others, he is instructed on the retreat by their guide, Lily (Anjelica Huston), to drink a special cleansing potion when he arrives.
But after the potion triggers a sudden bout of sickness, Paul and the others discover that the retreat’s promise was quite literal, as they cough up small demons that are the embodiment of their deepest flaws as human beings.
“I don’t want to put out the misconception that it’s a slasher film,” Galecki told TheWrap. “It’s a bit of a comedy and a bit of a love story too and that’s one of the things I loved about it when I read it.”
“The Cleanse” is in theaters and available on VOD now.
See more of Galecki’s thought on the film in the clip above.