What could be worse than a haunted mansion in an isolated rural area far from society? A family curse as tenacious as original sin trapping you without a means of escaping the haunted mansion. This terrifying premise is found in The Lodgers, a gothic macabre story surrounding orphaned twins confined to their family’s estate. A family curse that resigns them from ever leaving the estate for fear of death, bound to their prewritten fates. According to the film’s official website:
“In this gothic supernatural thriller, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.
While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local solder, Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the misery of their captivity.”
Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey), The Lodgers is set in rural Ireland during the 1920’s. With post production wrapping up May, 2017, The Lodgers made its world premier several months afterwards. Initially released on September 8th, 2017 at the TIFF, The Lodgers U.S. release date falls on February 23rd, 2018. The film has also picked up a few accolades including Best Picture at the 2017 Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei, Spain. According to Charlotte Vega’s IMDB page, she was awarded Best Actress at the FANCINE Festival de Cine Fantastico in 2017.
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