Here’s a nice little dose of later-afternoon nastiness for all you horror movie fans out there: The new trailer for Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s upcoming release The Lodge, about a young woman named Grace (Riley Keough), whose trip to a remote cabin with her boyfriend (Richard Armitage) and his kids goes about as poorly as one might expect, in messily psychological ways. All seems fine (tense, but fine), until Armitage leaves for a few days, and the remaining trio wake up one morning to find the power out, the food gone, and all their warm clothing nowhere to be seen. It doesn’t help that Grace has apparently been sleepwalking in a decidedly creepy way, making this whole thing feel like it’s treading in the icy footsteps of The Shining—albeit with a much smaller piece of real estate to to work with.
Or possibly The Turn Of The Screw— because it’s not at all clear whether Grace is the one cracking here, or whether her young charges (Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh) are giving her a couple of helpful little pushes along the way. In any case, The Lodge was one of the better received genre films to come out of this year’s Sundance—to say nothing of the fact that Franz and Fiala’s previous domestic horror effort, Goodnight Mommy, was a nastily effective bit of familial terror in its own right—so we’re guardedly optimistic about how this chilly little detour might turn out.
UPDATE: We just got a notice from the film’s P.R. team, informing us that the (formerly) above video wasn’t actually the film’s official trailer, and asking us to remove it. We regret the error.