It’s the tail-end of 1971, and Blackvale School for Girls is closed for the holidays — except that two boarders, Samantha and Clara (Madison Baines and Georgia Acken) are stuck here, which means that Miss Tanner (Chloë Levine) and her boyfriend, handyman Jimmy (Gus Kenworthy) have to stick around too. But there’s worse to come: fresh from a murderous crime spree, four Manson Family-type killers (one of them a Blackvale alumna) show up bearing bloody body parts, intent on raising hell and performing an ancient occult rite…
Jenn Wexler’s second feature has a couple of major, mind-bending twists up its sleeve which we can’t even begin to hint at… Let’s just say that horror tropes are significantly upended and there’s a subversive strain that runs rampant in the movie’s second half. Worth noting, too, a splendidly over-the-top performance by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) as the cult’s charismatic leader.
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Marc Coté, Philip Kalin-Hajdu, Albert I. Melamed, Emily Gotto, Samuel Zimmerman, Roman Kopelevich, Crystal Hill, Roman Viaris, Mena Massoud, Olivia Scott Welch, Peter Phok, Benoit Beaulieu, Mike Klymkiw, Walter Klymkiw, Mark Berry, Duane Farley, Shuxia Yu
Philip Kalin-Hajdu, Albert I. Melamed
Jenn Wexler, Sean Redlitz
Arthur Tarnowski, Mathieu Bérubé
Jenn Wexler is a writer and director, whose directorial debut, The Ranger (2018), world premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, premiered in Canada at the Fantasia International Film Festival, and was released by AMC Networks’ Shudder. In television, she’s directed for The CW’s Pandora and TruTV’s Late Night Snack. Wexler has also produced acclaimed and award-winning genre films including Darling (2015), Like Me (2017), Depraved (2019), and Most Beautiful Island (2017), which was nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW.
Filmography: The Ranger (2018); The Sacrifice Game (2023)
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