A24 has carved out a brand releasing weird, unconventional horror movies that casual horror moviegoers don’t quite get, but horror fans go gaga over. And they’re at it again with Saint Maud, a highly disturbing slow burn that’s going to stick with you long after the credits have rolled. The Ross Glass-directed feature follows a disturbed young woman Morfydd Clark who works as a hospice nurse. Watch the Saint Maud trailer below.
In Saint Maud, “Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.” I saw Saint Maud at Fantastic Fest, and it completely blew me away. As I wrote at the time:
But it’s not terrifying in the traditional sense. The scares here are not the type that inspire A+ CinemaScores. Instead, with her remarkably assured feature debut, writer-director Rose Glass has crafted a story where darkness is closing in – inescapable darkness disguised as light. Morfydd Clark, turning in a mannered, hypnotic performance, is Maud. She works as a private nurse, and through conversations and quick, unexplained flashbacks it becomes clear that something terrible happened in Maud’s past.
Saint Maud takes its time, but builds up a significant amount of dread in the process. It’s so unrelentingly creepy and unnerving that you’re going to find yourself on the edge of your seat as Maud’s story unfolds. Best of all, the movie never overstays its welcome, clocking in at a tight 83 minutes. If you’re the type of horror fan who only cares about jump-scares, Saint Maud probably won’t work for you. But if you thrive on cold, bleak, harrowing nightmares, you’re going to dig this.
In addition to Morfydd Clark, Saint Maud stars Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight, Lily Frazer, Turlough Convery, Rosie Sansom, Marcus Hufton, Carl Prekopp, and Noa Bodner. The film opens in limited release March 27, 2020, with an expansion to follow.
A24 and AMC are teaming up to give you the heebie-jeebies in honor of the upcoming Saint Maud. The Saint Maud screening series – dubbed She Is Risen – will feature showings of female-lead horror movies leading up to an early screening of Saint Maud. Titles include The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, and more, with the series kicking off on Friday the 13th.
Here’s something that will probably appeal to horror fans: She Is Risen, a Saint Maud screening service headed to AMC theaters this month. Per the official announcement, “As we wait for the release of this disturbing parable, we’re celebrating a handful of the female-fronted horrors that have haunted us for years. She Is Risen is a four-week event you won’t want to miss, with classic horrors back in theatres and an early screening of Saint Maud on April 1.” In Saint Maud, “Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.”
I caught Saint Maud at Fantastic Fest last year, and was blown away. It’s definitely going to be one of those polarizing horror flicks – the kind that confuses people because it lacks jump-scares. But those intuned to this type of indie horror are going to love it. It very much fits in with the type of horror A24 has been releasing: The Witch, It Comes At Night, Midsommar, Hereditary, and so on. In other words, if you loved those films, you’re going to want to check Saint Maud out. If you didn’t? Well…uh…hey, you’ll still have the films in this screening series to enjoy.
Things kick off on Friday, March 13 with The Exorcist Director’s Cut, followed by Rosemary’s Baby the following week, The Conjuring after that, and then finally the early screening of Saint Maud. You can get info on tickets and locations here. Saint Maud opens April 3.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: