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2020 / 86m - UK
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A nice, original take on a famous horror niche. I'm not going to spoil which one, that would be ruining some of the fun, though pay a little attention, and you should be able to guess soon enough. It's Sheridan's stylish direction that makes the difference here, and turns this into a pointed and beautiful little horror film.

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Rose and Sam live in a secluded hut in the middle of the woods. Rose suffers from a dangerous condition, Sam does his very best to keep her safe. From herself, and from the outside world. But when one of their usual delivery guys doesn't show up, things begin to spiral out of control.

The setting is lovely, the cinematography strong, the score very atmospheric and the mix of horror and drama just right. Rose is a pretty simple film and the way this particular horror niche is being reimagined isn't all that novel, but it does feel pretty fresh and everything works as it should. A pleasant surprise.