brian-mcgee - May 30, 2019
Inanimate objects coming to life and murdering people has been a staple of the horror genre since, probably, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. This tongue-in-cheek subgenre has stayed alive into the new millennium thanks to films like Rubber (about a killer tire), the Annabelle franchise (about a murderous doll), and now In Fabric, about a murderous dress.
British writer/director Peter Strickland has demonstrated a fondness for another horror subgenre, Italian giallo films, with his most recent films, 2012's Berberian Sound Studio and 2016's The Duke of Burgundy, and this looks to continue the trend, with the killer dress in question being blood red. Strickland has also proven a master of evoking the late 70s in his prior work, making films not only set in the era, but that feel as if they were actually made back then and languished in obscurity until the present.
The film has played at a number of film festivals over the last year, including Fantastic Fest, Toronto, and Tribeca, where it was met with mixed reviews, clearly indicating a film that is not for everyone, but one that will please its very specific target audience to no end. In Fabric hits theaters in the UK at the end of June, but there is currently no announced U.S. release date.
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