Supernatural yarns set inside sprawling mansions are amongst my favorites, due in part to my obsession with the film “Burnt Offerings” when I was a kid. When I learned that “Inside” directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo were piecing together their dark house flick, I knew it had the potential to be something special. And if the trailer for “Livide” is to be believed, it’s extremely possible that the filmmakers have yet another cinematic winner on their hands. By the way — If you haven’t seen “Inside” (aka “À l’intérieur”), do yourself a favor and seek it out. Seriously. It’s pretty freaky stuff.
For the uninformed, a handy synopsis:
It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house careworker. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel’s treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever.
Creeped out? “Livide”, which stars Loïc Berthezene, Serge Cabon, and Chloé Coulloud, opens in France on December 7th, 2011. The trailer, as well as a poster, are embedded below.