After celebrating its world premiere at this year's Fantasia Fest, where it received rave reviews, Thomas Robert Lee’s The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw will be releasing in limited theaters on October 2nd, and will be available on major VOD/Digital platforms beginning October 6th, followed by a Blu-ray release on October 29th.
"Set against the autumnal palette of harvest season in 1973, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw explores the disturbed bond between Audrey (Jessica Reynolds), an enigmatic young woman, and Agatha (Catherine Walker), her domineering ‘mother’, who live secretly as occultists on the outskirts of a remote Protestant village. As the community is besieged by a pestilence of unknown origin: children, fields, and livestock begin to die — yet the Earnshaw farm remains strangely unaffected. As mass hysteria sets in the village, the townsfolk commence accusations against Audrey and Agatha of witchcraft."
"Capturing a perfect mixture of religious paranoia and folklore horror, Thomas Robert Lee’s The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is a haunting and unflinching tale of vengeance."
Written and directed by Lee, the film also stars Jared Abrahamson, Hannah Emily Anderson, Geraldine O’Rawe, Don McKellar and Sean McGinley.
"I wanted to tell a story about legacy, and to specifically explore it within the context of a folk horror narrative," says Lee. "The community grows increasingly desperate as their given circumstances grow dire. In reality, the pandemic appears to have amplified hatred and xenophobia, or at least the voices of those spewing hate speech. Obviously there is a world of difference between my screenplay and the very real ramifications of the pandemic, but the similarities, however surface-level they may be, have certainly been on my mind these past months."
If you're a fan of dread-filled A24 films like The Witch, Hereditary and The Lighthouse, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw certainly needs to be on your must-see list!
Check out the official trailer and release artwork below.