Over the last few years, the stylised 'elevated horror' films coming out of indie studio A24 have become their own mini-genre, whether it's the unsettling films of Robert Eggars (The Witch, The Lighthouse) or the startling duo recently released by director Ari Aster (Midsommar, Hereditary).
The latest addition to the canon is Saint Maud, which will be released by in May by A24 in the US and Studio Canal over in the UK. It is the debut from British writer and director Rose Glass, who showed the film at London Film Festival last year to rave reviews and won the festival's bursary award for it.
The film's titular martyr is a young Catholic girl (Morfydd Clark) who lives in a sickly-green, seaside town and works as a carer for retired dancer Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), whose glory days are behind her. Maud, whose mysterious past lingers in the air, becomes obsessed with saving the soul of her patient and spirals into a decline in her quest.
In the trailer released to coincide with Ash Wednesday, we see Maud flicking a lighter in a dimly-lit room, pushing Amanda in a wheelchair around her spooky house and flashes of her face alternately contorting in horror and stained with blood. The sounds of flesh being pierced, sick being scrubbed from the floor and flesh burning lay the foundation for a truly horrifying experience.
Saint Maud is released 1 May
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