Part murder mystery, part haunted house story, this film is an adaptation of the classic 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson. Merricat and Constance Blackwood live with their Uncle Julian in a stately manor. They are ostracised by the local villagers who feel the Blackwoods are a blight on the community. The three are the only survivors of an arsenic poisoning that killed everyone else in the family just five years prior. Despite being hated and feared they live a somewhat idyllic life until cousin Charles arrives. So begins a battle for control, a threat of further tragedy, and the fate of the house and family legacy hangs in the balance.
Official Selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival
“Passon, working from a script by Mark Kruger, feints toward American Gothic-tinged suspense […] with DP Piers McGrail’s camera stealthily searching the Blackwoods’ cavernous mansion.” — The Hollywood Reporter
Director Stacie Passon
Script Mark Kruger
Producers Kieran Corrigan, Jared Goldman, Robert Mitas
Cast Alexandra Daddario, Sebastian Stan, Taissa Farmiga
2018 | United Kingdom | 90 mins