XMAS HORROR NIGHTS

FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS & ROSE

Expired December 12, 2020 1:00 AM
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Gripped by a violent, terrifying illness, Rose lives in seclusion with her husband, but the arrival of a stranger shatters the fragile refuge they have built.


Grimmfest says: A couple in lock-down, self-isolating, dependent on erratic supplies delivery, as they struggle to preserve their marriage, and their sanity, in the face of a situation, and an infection, neither can control... Current circumstances have given Jennifer Sheridan's slow-burning, emotionally harrowing chamber piece a whole new level of chilling topicality, that only adds to its intensity. Dialling down the genre elements in the narrative, and focusing primarily on the tensions these cause the characters, this is a subtle, low-key piece, expertly played by real-life couple Sophie Rundle and Matt Stokoe (who also wrote it), the real-life relationship giving added emotional authenticity to the depiction of a marriage in crisis. As much a love story as a horror story, it's a quietly devastating exploration of just what people will do, how ruthless they will become, in order to preserve their relationship, and cling on to some sense of normalcy in the face of impossible odds. Love, they say requires sacrifice, and the film examines that notion in forensic detail, forcing the viewer to ask themselves: What would YOU sacrifice for the health and well-being of the one you love? WHO would you sacrifice?

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Rating
    18
  • Director
    Jennifer Sheridan
  • Screenwriter
    Matt Stokoe
  • Producer
    April Kelley, Robert Taylor, Sophie Rundle, Matt Stokoe
  • Cast
    Sophie Rundle, Matt Stokoe, Nathan McMullen, Olive Gray
  • Cinematographer
    Martyna Knitter
  • Editor
    Andrew Harmer