After receiving word that her elderly mother has gone missing, Kay (Emily Mortimer) and her daughter Sam return to their family home in the hope of uncovering clues to Edna’s disappearance. But as Kay searches the dilapidated house she left many years before, her mother mysteriously reappears, seemingly unable – or perhaps unwilling – to offer an explanation as to where she has been. As tensions grow between Kay and her daughter, Edna’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and volatile, causing fears that something more insidious might be at play. At once a heart-breaking allegory for the debilitating effects of dementia and a no holds barred exercise in pure horror, Natalie Erika James’ immensely satisfying directorial debut may give you sleepless nights, but it also offers much to think about.
★★★★ “With shades of ‘Hereditary’ and ‘The Babadook’, Natalie Erika James’ debut eschews cheap scares to play out psychological horror on three different generations of women delivered by creative filmmaking from every department” - Ian Freer, Empire