From Carrie White to Laurie Strode, teenage girls have never had it easy in horror cinema, and Sara, the endlessly put-upon heroine of Spanish director Carlota Pereda’s gutsy, visceral debut, has it harder than most.
The shy, plus-size daughter of the local butcher in a dusty village, she’s relentlessly bullied by the local mean girls — whose poolside attack on her one summer morning is so vicious that she doesn’t notice the dead man floating in the water near her, or the menacing bearded stranger watching from a distance. Serial-killer paranoia bleeds into an already perilous tale of adolescent terror, as Sara (a fearless Laura Galán) is plunged into a morally ambiguous spiral of threat and complicity. By turns shocking, tender and morbidly funny, Pereda’s film never makes the safe or obvious choice, announcing a brave new female voice in horror.
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Wednesday, 9 November 2022 - 9:00pm @ Cineworld