This new trailer for Brian O’Malley’s sophomore film, The Lodgers, is beautiful in the most haunting way. Dark mysteries seep through the film and permeate the atmosphere, creating a ghostly Gothic horror with a prickling sense of dread.
The plot synopsis is as follows:
1920, rural Ireland. Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother – and with the curse that haunts them.
Horror loves a good set of rules, which – as we all know – are made to be broken. The inherent anxiety of forced isolation is enough to drive anyone away, but the consequences here are dire. Between a codependent sibling and wicked unearthly forces, there’s a lot of danger within these walls – but it could be worse beyond them.
The Lodgers looks intensely creepy and visually stunning, in a very muted way. You won’t see Tarsem Singh’s insane color palettes here, but the trailer’s focus on dark, flowing water is hypnotic and chilling. To add to the spooky atmosphere, the movie was filmed in Loftus Hall, one of Ireland’s most legendary haunted houses.
The film stars David Bradley, Eugene Simon, and Charlotte Vega. Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey), The Lodgers will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts up today.
Check out the trailer and poster below!