A woman encounters a strange presence in a guest house.
…when Ruth (played by Lindsay Burdge, The Midnight Swim, TheInvitation), and her twenty something aged friends spend a weekend inthe Hamptons. The guest house becomes more of a ghost house, when aninsecure specter makes his presence known. Awkward, yet charmingconversation leads to a passionate one-night stand. A suspectedhangover spirals into supernatural STD body horror. Burdge’sperformance is enthralling from start to finish. Each scene patientlyplays out, amplified by beautifully framed closeups and rolling focus.Writer/Director Harrison Atkins has given us a unique, intimate, andsubtly humorous take on mumble horror.
When the overarching premise of the indie horror drama ”Lace Crater” isintroduced you will likely wonder if this is some kind of a goofy sendup or an absurdist farce. I sure as hell did. But as events unfold itsoon becomes apparent that this is far from what we gradually get inthis fresh and wonderfully weird take on one of the most classic of allmovie milieu’s, the ghost story.
Let it be said that Lindsay Burdge (”The Invitation”) is outstanding asRuth, a young woman who makes it with an apparent apparition andsuffers a frightening fallout as dire consequences ensue in the wake ofthis supernatural and super STRANGE tryst. Burdge absolutely HAD tosell her unusually demanding role here, and she does so with fabulouslyflying colors, many of them through bursts of stunningly psychedelicsensationalism.
Considerable kudos go to first-time feature film Director HarrisonAtkins (who also wrote and edited this creepily compelling story) aswell as Cinematographer Gideon de Villiers and primary Digital VisualEffects wizard Alejandro Ovalle. These three guys in particular team upto make ”Lace Crater” a total trip for the senses, keeping you bothentertained and consistently knocked off balance as scene after spookyscene burn themselves into your barraged brain.
For the life of me I could not determine why in the hell this flick iscalled ”Lace Crater”, having heretofore, and not surprisingly, neverheard the two terms used together in tandem. However, recently I hadthe distinct pleasure of speaking with Harrison Atkins by phone and hehipped me up. Seems that ”lace” signifies the genteel nature of women,while ”crater” connotes what Atkins evidently believes is the”cratering”, or demolition, of such feminine refinement. Straight up,folks, I’m not going to proclaim to entirely grasp how this notionapplies in the context of what we are presented with in ”Lace Crater”.But then again, as I’ve also never really SEEN a film like what Atkinsgives us here, either, I’m more than willing to go with it.
This is without question one of THE most patently bizarro endings thisreviewer has ever seen. Just about the best way I can even TRY todescribe what happens is by way of this weighty quote by the greatGerman writer Thomas Mann…
”It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.”
Or something relatively approximating that at any rate.
I concluded our conversation by asking Atkins what he has percolatingin terms of his next production. And while his answer was decidedly yetpurposefully vague, the indication is that fans can expect more of thesame surreal style of offbeat and unorthodox entertainment as we aretreated to in ”Lace Crater”.
Can not wait.