SAINT MAUD – “A chilling unravelling of unsettling proportions”
Rose Glass (Directorial debut)
- Morfydd Clark as Maud
- Jennifer Ehle as Amanda
- Lily Knight as Joy
- Lily Frazer as Carol
- Turlough Convery as Christian
Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient's soul -- but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.
Saint Maud can perhaps best be described as a chilling unravelling of unsettling proportions. That is to say, it’s creepy all hell. But, should you be looking for over-the-top jump scares and slasher-level blood spurts, well, you’re not going to find them here. This movie is all about the subtle unease, slowly building tension and unrest until its horrifying climax. Yes, there are a few ominous occurrences sprinkled throughout, but the payoff is definitely the third act, which really goes for broke in the body horror department (good luck ridding those images from your brain). And while much of the narrative plays with familiar horror elements, namely religion and sexuality, there is enough originality in its execution to make it feel holy unique. The cold and bleak atmosphere on display also goes a long way in upping the unnerving-ness of it all, no doubt making our first-time director an instant genre favourite. Trust me, this is one psychological nightmare that is sure to haunt even the most jaded of horror fans. And I’d know, because I am (was) one of them.