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Sara wakes from a coma to a life she doesn't remember; a fragile, slippery reality that spirals into a nightmare where nothing is as it seems.


Grimmfest says: A slippery and surreal reimagining – and deconstruction – of the classic gaslighting thriller plot, Adam Stillwell's smart and subversive movie plays games with viewer expectations from the start. The elegant, formal camerawork and sumptuously retro-styled production design deliberately evoke classic 40s Hollywood gothic noir melodramas, such as DRAGONWYCK, REBECCA and, yes, GASLIGHT. But nothing is quite what it seems. As the film progresses, the more the Hollywood Gothic set-up, with its big Victorian house, manipulative writer husband and sinister Mrs Danvers-style housekeeper starts to unravel, as the amnesiac protagonist's sense of reality starts to become ever more slippery and unstable, blurring into dreams and hallucinations, flashbacks and fantasies, until a final, startling series of reveals, which shift the film from old school psychological thriller into jaw-dropping, full-on, full-blooded metaphysical horror. Boasting a sharp – and downright sneaky – script by Kent Harper (SURVEILLANCE), wittily played by a fine cast, headed by Shawn Ashmore (Several X-Men films, THE BOYS, THE RUINS, and FROZEN), Andrea Londo (NARCOS), Elizabeth Cappuccino (SUPER DARK TIMES & JESSICA JONES), and the terrifying Jane Badler (V), beautifully shot by James Kneist (recently the DOP of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR), elegantly designed by Anton Tremblay, and making fine use of its impressive location, the film is both a sulphurous study in entrapment and possession and a chilling commentary on the seductiveness of Hollywood's dreams of dark romance. Nostalgia be damned..

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    82 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    UK Premiere
  • Rating
    15
  • Director
    Adam Stillwell
  • Screenwriter
    Kent Harper
  • Producer
    Kent Harper, Patrick Rizzotti, Sean E. DeMott, Gill Gayle
  • Cast
    Andrea Londom, Shawn Ashmore, Jane Badler, Elizabeth Cappuccino.
  • Cinematographer
    James Kniest