British auteur Peter Strickland merges the high-style horror pastiche of Berberian Sound Studio with the dangerous erotic charge of The Duke of Burgundy in this fascinating and unpredictable ensemble tale, which revolves around the saga of a haunted dress. Yes, you read that right: Strickland’s subterranean deadpan odyssey centers its narrative around an eerie department store equal parts David Lynch and Dario Argento, as unsuspecting clients purchase cursed outfits that lead to supernatural horrors that defy any rational explanation—even as they take on dreamlike specificity in Strickland’s homegrown universe.
His distinctive lineup includes a middle-aged single mother (Secrets & Lies star Marianne Jean-Baptiste) whose dating life takes a series of odd turns, and a clueless washing machine repairman (Leo Bill). All of these would-be victims operate at the whims of a deranged saleswoman (Fatma Mohamed) as the movie winds toward a mesmerizing climax that suggests Lost Highway folded into the Italian giallo tradition. Strickland’s command over disorienting audiovisual tapestries reaches new heights of sophistication in this hypnotic and wondrous head trip.
CAST & CREDITS
Directed by Peter Strickland
Peter Strickland's first feature, Katalin Varga, debuted in 2009, followed by the Milano-Dorking sonic anguish of Berberian Sound Studio. The dominant/submissive romance, The Duke of Burgundy, was released in 2015 along with Björk's Biophilia Live, co-directed with Nick Fenton. In Fabric is his fourth feature.
Cavern of Anti-Matter
Ian Benson, Ben Wheatley, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis, Andrew Boswell, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Lizzie Francke, Rose Garnett
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, Gwendoline Christie