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2019, 90 min, Dir: David Marmor

David Marmor’s feature debut is a taut and exhilarating thriller dealing in paranoia, community and cults. Nicole Brydon Bloom stars as Sarah, a waifish young woman who has moved to L.A. to escape an overbearing father and pursue her costume design dreams. She stumbles upon an open house at an apartment complex and, to her surprise, is offered a seemingly perfect unit. But shortly after moving in, she is plagued by debilitating sleep deprivation from noisy pipes that no one else can hear and the question arises whether she chose the place or vice versa. This gruesome gem is chock-full of brutal psychological and physical torture that will push you to your very limit and is an incredible examination of what some people will do to belong to a community, no matter how twisted and sinister the initiation. Bloom delivers a staggering performance as a woman in her descent to hell and Ronen Landa’s score goes a long way to imbue the action with full-throttle creepiness.


COME TO DADDY
2019, 93 min, Dir: Ant Timpson

A man in his 30s fruitlessly searches for a remote cabin in the hinterlands of New Zealand, dreaming of a reunion with his long-lost father; what he finds when he gets to the cabin is so outlandish, so weird and so wonderful that it has to be seen to be believed. Blessed with a cast including a brilliant Elijah Wood, a vicious Stephen McHattie and a hilarious Michael Smiley, this bloody and funny film - a massive hit at Tribeca - heralds the feature debut of Ant Timpson, a producer-turned-director who has been honing his craft on such gems as 2015’s DEATHGASM.


THE LODGE
2019, 100 min, Dir: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

With their second feature, the duo behind GOODNIGHT MOMMY take horror cinema to unfathomable new heights and delivers what may be the scariest film of the year. Riley Keough is Grace, a young woman in a relationship with a man (Richard Armitage) who has been reluctant to introduce her to his two kids due to the suicide of their mother. A planned bonding weekend trip goes horribly awry when Grace becomes isolated in the family’s winter cabin with the kids as stocks dwindle, nerves strain and strange occurrences begin. With razor-sharp performances and chilling visuals, THE LODGE is a jigsaw puzzle of a horror film whose scares intensify as it comes together, leaving in its wake a trail of uneasy and unforgettable climaxes.


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