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Alt Movie Pick of the Week - "The Lodge"
Who's in it?
Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage, and Alicia Silverstone. Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz.
What's it about?
During the holidays a father (Richard Armitage) takes his kids (Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh) and his new girlfriend, Grace (Riley Keough), for a retreat in the woods. When work suddenly calls the dad away, Grace and the kids are left isolated and alone. As a storm settles in, mysterious specters from Grace's past start to emerge.
What's the buzz?
Directing duo Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz are no strangers to slow-burn horror. Their previous creepy effort, "Goodnight Mommy" – which also takes place in a remote house, with two kids who suspect something is up with the woman in their care – stunned and shocked critics and audiences in 2015. Their new film finds characters in a similar setup, but this time with a religious bent, as the woman in charge confronts the demons of her past, when she belonged to a cult. The film premiered to praise last year in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by "Parasite" distributor, Neon, for release.
Who's it for?
While the twists and thrills this time around might not satisfy all, the performances will hold and captivate, especially that of Keough's – and, more especially if you saw her in her previous slow-burn horror set in a remote location, "It Comes At Night." That's not to say that this movie just rehashes familiar tropes from these kinds of films. It instead gives fans of subtle horror something engaging and worthwhile. In his Sundance review, Dennis Harvey of Variety compared "The Lodge" to Italian mystery/thrillers of the '60s and '70s, asserting that "genre homage does not appear to be an intention here, but the film is certainly at its best in fostering a sense of stylish dread and orchestrating some harrowing individual sequences." "The Lodge" currently holds 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Horror / 2019 / R
Synopsis: During a family retreat to a remote winter cabin over the holidays, the father is forced to abruptly depart for work, leaving his two children in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace. Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace's dark past.