A trailer appeared yesterday for Charismata, a British psychological horror in which a detective loses her grip on reality whilst investigating a Satanic cult. The opening moments of the trailer present what looks to be a sinister if pedestrian detective thriller but as the horror imagery stacks up, this begins to look like something far more intriguing.
The film is co-written and directed by filmmaking duo Andy Collier and Toor Mian, and stars Brit TV regular Sarah Beck Mather (Black Mirror, The Royal) as Detective Rebecca Faraway, who takes on a case of a series of vicious ritualistic murders. Co-starring are Jamie Satterthwaite, Andonis Anthony and Ross Mullan (Game of Thrones, Howl).
Charismata was shot this year in London. Read on for the official word from production company Loose Canon Films:
“Rebecca Faraway fears she might be out of her depth. As a rookie detective struggling to find acceptance in a police department defined by a culture of bullying and intolerance, things go from bad to worse when the chief suspect in a series of brutal ritualistic murders takes a personal interest in her. A game of cat and mouse ensues which sees Rebecca’s grasp on reality beginning to spiral out of control, leading to a terrifying climax where she needs to fight for her sanity, her life and maybe even her soul.
Set in a bleak and cynical post-2016 London, Charismata combines a tense, fast moving police thriller reminiscent of Fincher’s Se7en with a nightmarish, paranoia-infused psychological horror story which tips its hat to Polanski’s classic Apartment Trilogy.”
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)