7:30 PM, 29th July, 2022
Newly widowed Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats alone to the English countryside to seek solace from the traumatic events surrounding the death of her husband. Moving into a picturesque country house, she tries to heal, but her peace is constantly interrupted by the various men in the town. And it’s not long before she gets the feeling that someone – or something – is stalking her.
Examining the cyclical nature of toxic masculinity through the lens of a horror film, writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) makes his first foray into the genre, and the end result is no less inventive or memorable. A particularly creepy stroke of genius was to have most of the men in the town – from Harper’s landlord to the local vicar, a policeman or pub-goers passing by – all be played by a chameleonic Rory Kinnear.