If you’re a fan of gothic horror, Brian O’Malley’s “The Lodgers” is shaping up to be the Irish scary story you’ve been waiting for. The horror film will premiere Thursday Sept. 8 at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
“The Lodgers” is set in 1920s Ireland, where two pale twins share a dark, creaky Gothic manor. The pair keep to themselves, their parents drowning years ago in a mysterious incident in the property’s pond. The twins are cursed by a family secret, with unseen entities completely controlling their lives. There are only three rules: be in bed by midnight’s bells, never let a stranger through your door, and never leave each other all alone. But will young love tear the siblings apart, destroying the tentative balance between the living and the lurking?
The film is directed by O’Malley off of David Turpin’s first screenplay. “The Lodgers” stars Charlotte Vega (“Velvet”), Bill Milner (“X-Men: First Class”), David Bradley (“Harry Potter” series) and Eugene Simon (“Game of Thrones”). O’Malley is an old hand at directing spine-tingling projects, previously helming “Let Us Prey.” ComingSoon has already declared the horror flick to be “stunning and incredibly scary,” with SyFyWire and iO9 likening “The Lodgers” to fellow horror film “Crimson Peak.” We’ll just have to see if the film lives up to its buzz.
“The Lodgers” premieres at this weekend’s TIFF. Watch the trailer below.