118 mins | Subtitled | 2018 | UK
Peter Strickland’s (Berberian Sound Studio, Duke of Burgundy) latest is a sensuous and surreal story about a piece of killer couture: a cursed red dress that perfectly fits whoever buys it.
Set in dreary Thames-Valley-on-Thames, it is the story of a stately department store and a haunted crimson dress, first bought by newly divorced Sheila (the brilliant Marianne Jean-Baptiste). Initially delighted at her bargain, she soon discovers the dress has unleashed an unspeakable evil, whilst the strange shop floor staff perform disturbing, coven-esque rituals after hours…
Darkly, absurdly funny (Julian Barratt and Steve Oram as a pair of bureaucrats are a particular favourite), this retro nod to B-movie Italian giallo horror is a stylish blend of colours, sound and textures and a knowing critique of consumerist culture. Try it on for size – trust us.
"Strickland's cinematic worlds certainly aren't for everyone... I found it a hoot: knowing, creepy, stylish" - The Times
"Peter Strickland’s bizarre ghost story is utterly unlike anything else around" - The Guardian