Today we got our first look at The Little Stranger, coming from the director of Room, Lenny Abrahamson in 2018.
Lenny Abrahamson’s Room was a 2015 awards darling, but it should be just as admired for Abrahamson’s delicate use of suspense. From the outset of the film, we were enraptured by Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson’s characters’ suspicious circumstances. Without delving too far into spoilers, once their situation is revealed, the characters’ attempts to escape reverse the suspense and introduce a new type of tension. This tension tightens into an escape sequence half-way through the story which is not only edge-of-your-seat stuff, but was easily the most suspenseful sequence of the year.
It is therefore a no-brainer that Abrahamson would move into the genre of horror for his next feature. The first look at Abrahamson’s supernatural horror-thriller The Little Stranger, based on Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name, has just been released, with an accompanying synopsis:
“Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.”
The Little Stranger will star Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling and is set for release on August 31st 2018.