About the Movie
An unholy alliance between two damaged souls leads them on a disturbing descent into the depraved realms of black magic. Sophia (Catherine Walker) is a grieving and desperate woman with a secret. Joseph (Sightseers' Steve Oram) is an anti-social, alcoholic expert in the occult who reluctantly agrees to help her. Holed up in a remote cabin amidst the desolate wilds of Northern Wales, the two embark on a grueling six-month series of dark rituals that will push them both to the physical and psychological breaking point. The debut feature from rising horror auteur Liam Gavin sustains an air of quietly creeping dread as it builds towards one hell of a payoff.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 33
- Fresh: 30
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Virtually a chamber piece with just two primary characters, the movie dives into the black arts with methodical restraint and escalating unease.
Fresh: Its descent into shock and impending doom is the sort of experience that will follow you home from the theater and nest in your nightmares.
Fresh: Imperfectly realized, but still worthy of its ambition.
Fresh: The film becomes hypnotic even when a little horrible.
Wow. Probably the best film I've seen about the occult in the modern world. Really smart, scary and totally believeable (and did I mention scary?). What the loss of a loved one drives people to do. Great acting. Great direction. A real discovery.
Scary, raw, beautiful, and emotionally profound. So cool.
Totally unique and brilliantly chilling!!
An incredible mood piece. A meditation on loss, forgiveness and to what ends you would go to for the love of a child. Expertly directed with a slow, steady build that brings the viewer into a gripping, hypnotic state as you witness these two characters go through their black magic ritual filled with demons and angels. The actors bring believability to their roles. Their relationship is bizarre and intimate. The tension you feel, as each scene goes by and builds to a nightmarish finale, is unbearable. The production values just add to the sense of terror that permeates the air. Yet the imagery in the final stage of the mother's journey is an awe-inspiring climax. It took my breath away.