classified 15

Please note: This was screened in June 2022

Alex Garland
Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Gayle Rankin
100 mins, 2022, UK
Primary language

Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) returns with this feverish, shape-shifting rural horror about a traumatised widow who retreats alone to heal in an English country house… but finds herself in an escalating nightmare.

Haunted by the death of her husband, Harper (Jessie Buckley) rents an isolated holiday home in the countryside to escape her trauma. An awkward and unsettling encounter with Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear), the owner of the holiday home, sets off a series of increasingly disturbing interactions with various men in the local village, and someone (or something) from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears…

With a nerve-jangling score by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, this is an unpredictable and sinister film that wryly plays with horror tropes to explore guilt, grief, and the oppressive weight of the male world…