An angry teenage girl performs a ritual asking for her mother’s death, leading to a shocking climax.


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Director | Adam Macdonald

Canada | 2017

87 minutes


With | Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne

Language | English


Since her father’s death, teenager Leah has an interest in the occult and a strained relationship with her mother. After a heated argument, Leah looks for ways to punish her. She performs a ritual, asking for her mother’s death. Soon after, she starts to regret it, but evil is not so easily sent away. Slow burning occult horror builds up to a shocking climax.

Director Adam Macdonald quietly builds up the tension over the altercations between mother and daughter, not depicting either of them as a villain or a saint. We get to care about both of them, adding intensity to the scenes of terror and danger. Leah’s group of friends with their subculture of heavy metal jackets and interest for the occult provide two good subplots. Like Leah, one of her friends experiences a presence, suggesting that evil may really be there. The film doesn’t rely on jump scares or cheap effects. Even without that, the ending of this slow-burning occult chiller is shocking enough.

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Short: Nocturne
Bizarre forest animals gather around a tree stump for a mysterious fertilisation-slash-dice ritual. Surrealistic, creatively designed stop-motion animation does not reveal its mystery, making it all the more intriguing.

director: Anne Breyman
germany | 2016 | 5m