EXCLUSIVE: Director Kasra Farahani’s upcoming thriller The Waiting comes off like an inversion of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, or perhaps what might happen if that earlier film were crossed with Gran Torino. Starring James Caan, Logan Miller, and Keir Gilchrist, the film sees two boys conducting a cruel experiment on their elderly neighbor: can they convince him he’s being haunted? They set about prodding the older man further and further, only to realize too late that he’s the last person they should’ve chosen for their project. In the exclusive clip you can see how that plays out as the boys begin to notice their pranks aren’t having the desired effect.

The Waiting is debuting in the Narrative Spotlight section of the 2016 South By Southwest film festival, with the world premiere happening Sunday, March 13 at 9:15 PM at the Stateside Theatre. That’s followed by screenings on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:15 PM at the Alamo Lamar A, and Friday, March 18 at 4:30 PM at the Alamo Ritz 1.

Written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard, The Waiting is produced by Trevor White, Tim White, Allan Mandelbaum, Giri Tharan, Rosalie Swedlin, and Elana Barry.