Tom DeLonge’s directorial debut Monsters of Californiahas released its first trailer, which focuses on efforts to expose a major government conspiracy.
DeLonge, the Blink-182 rocker and noted champion of UFO research, was the director and co-writer of the film, which Screen Media is launching theatrically and on-demand on October 6. The cast includes Jack Samson (Zodiac), Casper Van Dien (Spaceship Troopers), Camille Kostek (Free guy), Richard Kind (A serious man) and Arianne Zucker (Days of our lives).
Monsters of California is about Dallas (Samson) and his outcast group of high school friends trying to shed light on a paranormal conspiracy in Southern California that the political powers that be have kept secret.
“They don’t want you to know anything,” Kind says ominously in the footage. “This will destroy every idea you have of reality.”
The trailer shows Dallas working to use his father’s clandestine research to 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 am this close to.”
DeLonge directed the film from a script he co-wrote with Ian Miller and Ben Kull. DeLonge, Stan Spry and Eric Scott Woods are producers. Monsters of California features an original score by 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 recently performed with Blink-182 on the European leg of the legendary pop-punk band’s popular 2023/2024 World Tour. This is the group’s first series of shows since DeLonge rejoined fellow bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker following his departure in 2014.