A cursed red gown rains demonic misfortune upon its hapless owners in Peter Strickland’s bizarro new horror-satire on consumerism.
A witchy sales-matron (Transylvanian actress Fatma Mohamed) sells an artery-red dress to unsuspecting single mother Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) at a posh department store. This sparks off a sort of curse, as the dress passes from person to person, each time with devastating consequences.
In Fabric straddles the line between campy high-art and chilling menace, pulling audiences into a hazily hypnotic abstraction of ’90s Britain. Blending ravishing colours, sounds and textures, British horror maven Peter Strickland serves up an otherworldly cornucopia of delights in this B-movie Italian giallo homage. He takes aim at the hypnotic appeal of consumerism, channeling Dawn of the Dead and American Horror Story, to cement his place as one of today’s most innovative genre directors.
Cast & Credits
U.K. writer-director and musician Peter Strickland‘s first feature was the Transylvania-shot revenge drama Katalin Varga (2006). He followed this with 2012 psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio. In 2014, he released a Björk concert film, Björk: Biophilia Live, and his third feature, The Duke of Burgundy, a pastiche of 1970s European sleaze. In Fabric premiered in TIFF 2018’s Midnight Madness section.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Fatma Mohamed, Leo Bill
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*In Competiton, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, BFI London Film Festival 2018