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Brian O’Malley – The Lodgers #TFF35

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A classic gothic tale, dark and disturbing, frightening but fascinating.

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6 min. and 56 sec.

PODCAST| Angelo Acerbi interviews Brian O’Malley, director of the film The Lodgers.

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Brian O’Malley tells us all about his new film, a gothic tale set in rural Ireland. A new territory for him after his previous film Let Us Prey, that was more of a classical horror film. A script that enticed him, which he worked on changing a little but moulding the atmosphere in a way that it keeps you hooked.

The Lodgers:  Ireland, the 1920s. Edward and Rachel are a couple of orphaned twins who live in their family’s decrepit estate. Even though they are in a remote place, they are not alone. There are sinister presences in the house that strictly regulate the twins’ lives by imposing three simple rules they must never break. Rule one: Edward and Rachel have to be in bed with the door shut by midnight. Rule two: no one can cross the hedges and access the house. Rule three: the twins can never leave the house for good. Breaking one of the rules would anger the spirits of their ancestors. Just before their eighteenth birthday, Rachel meets a young war veteran and feels immediately drawn to him: he represents a chance to escape the family curse. But Edward doesn’t take kindly to the turn of events and slips into madness. His sister will have to confront the supernatural presences by herself if she wants to finally be free.


  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Brian O'Malley
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Lodgers
  • Festival section
    After Hours
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