Director: Rose Glass
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Runtime: 84 Minutes
Main Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight, Lily Frazer, Turlough Convery, Rosie Sansom
Plot: Maud (Morfydd Clark) is a young woman who, after facing a tragic situation at work where she works in palliative care nursing, has found God. She gets a new assignment working for a hedonistic ex-dancer with a chronic illness, but a colleague from Maud’s past threatens her new life.
My Thoughts: Apologies in advance, because I am fuming over this movie, and it’s been 4 days. No, actually, the movie didn’t make me mad, the marketing did. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Saint Maud yet then DON’T – because it’s the most misleading thing I’ve ever seen. I saw taglines claiming it was the most unique horror movie ever created. It suggested Maud was possessed, but not be a demon like in most horrors of that nature, but by God himself. And to anyone expecting a possession-horror movie – you’re going to be disappointed. Very much like the group of teens a few rows behind me who claimed at the end loudly “that was f*****g s**t that was”.
But why am I so mad? If I’d gone in blind I would have enjoyed this so much more. I wouldn’t even call it a horror movie, not in the typical sense. There aren’t any jump scares, there isn’t anything here to make you feel afraid. Instead, Saint Maud is an intriguing slow-burn drama with a slight feel of unease throughout. It’s getting great reviews from critics so I can only urge anyone reading to just watch this with an open mind. I need to give it another watch now I know what to expect, because after about half an hour when I realised I’d been miss-sold, I was just irritated and got annoyed by the tiniest things.
It’s only 84 minutes long, was there really no time to tell us more about Maud’s past? Why is her friend calling her Katie (or was it Kate)? Did she change her name? What happened in her old job? And I’m sorry but what is up with Maud’s colleague? Because I’m telling you now, if anyone I knew was that weird around me I wouldn’t be all “okay then love, see you later!”. Rant over, now. I promise this is actually a good movie, I’m clearly just holding a grudge against the teaser trailer.
Best Bit: The ending shot is nothing short of fantastic. Honestly, one of the greatest scenes I’ve seen in any horror movie ever. I won’t ruin it for you, but when the most common complaint of horror movies is that the ending sucks, Saint Maud has one of the best I’ve seen.
Worst Bit: I mean, as strange as Maud may be, she doesn’t deserve to be treated the way she was. That’s just cruel, you know?
Fun Trivia: Director Rose Glass won the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award for this, which was presented to her by Danny Boyle.
My Rating: 2 Converse trainers which thankfully haven’t had their soles lined with nails…