Empathy, Inc.

Sci-Fi, Thriller | 98 minutes minutes | 2018 | HD | USA


Joel finds investors for a new technology known as XVR. Xtreme Virtual Reality offers the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel soon discovers that the tech's creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn't virtual.

Cast & Credits

Zack Robidas (Arbitrage)
Kathy Searle (Love in Kilnerry)
Jay Klaitz (A Little Help)
Eric Berryman (Marriage Story)
AJ Cedeno (Z: The Beginning of Everything)

Directed by Yedidya Gorsetman
Writer: Mark Leidner
Producer: Josh Itzkowitz

Official Selection: Austin Film Festival
Official Selection: Philadelphia Film Festival
Official Selection: Brooklyn Horror Film Festival
Official Selection: Cinepocalypse Film Festival


“Pulls compelling, unpredictable reversals of fortune right up to the finish line.”  -- Variety

"Shatters expectations... 10 out of 10" -- Film Threat

“Science fiction done right” Bloody Disgusting

“Brilliant. There are a few films at Cinepocalypse this year that feel inspired more by “Black Mirror” than traditional horror and the best of those that I’ve seen is Yedidya Gorsetman’s Empathy, Inc.rogerebert.com

“Takes one futuristic concept, gives it a clever twist, and rides it out to its smart conclusion.”The A.V. Club

 “Sure to please”Chicago Tribune

“Features some clever twists” Daily Grindhouse

“Intense… will absorb you right from the beginning” Dread Central

“The film’s concept is genius, both in the grand ideas and the simple execution”Film Pulse

“Dark and funny”Hollywood Chicago

“A triumph of independent cinema”Nightmare on Film Street

“Sophisticated on all levels”Reel Chicago

“Complex and anxiety-inducing”—Voices and Visions

“Christopher Nolan's FOLLOWING mixed with Shane Carruth's PRIMER” A Movie Guy

“Raises some important moral questions that will stay with you long after the film has ended” Nightmarish Conjurings

“A very curious film that requires our full attention”Terror Weekend

“A twisting thread of surprises that keeps us enthralled… snips at our curiosity and speaks to the deepest fears of the self“812 Film Reviews

“Not to be missed“Lackey on Film