In 1893 Southhold, New York, dark doings are afoot.
Mary (Stefanie Scott, Insidious: Chapter 3) starts this film blindfolded with blood pouring out of her face, being interrogated in the wake of the death of her grandmother (Judith Roberts from Dead Silence and Eraserhead, known as The Matriarch). There’s also the matter of Mary’s relationship with Eleanor (Isabelle Fuhrman, Esther from Orphan), the family’s maid.
The family has the Word of God on their side and takes the relationship between the two girls as a sin against the Lord, so they’ve been dealt with incredibly harshly. But when The Intruder (Rory Culkin) arrives, things suddenly take a turn down the Left Hand Path.
First-time feature writer/director Edoardo Vitaletti takes viewers to a time and place they may have visited before, but that doesn’t mean that there’s any less opressive dread in this dark tale of religion taken too far, where being unable to say the Lord’s Prayer can get you killed.
By the way, have you noticed how many movies feel the need to break down their narrative into chapters these days? I’d opine that it’s more due to the influence of cable narrative than books, but it really does feel like this technique is being used in nearly every modern horror film I’ve watched as of late.
A dark film that values look and feel over a story that really comes together, this is at the very least a strong vision from a first-time filmmaker that will definitely win over some fans and point to a strong career taking what one hopes are its first steps toward greatness. This has been picked up by Shudder and will debut their in early 2022.