Upcoming British thriller The Unseen, about a well-to-do couple who lose their only son in an accident, has all the typical ingredients – a shocking family event, a strange new friend who may or may not be all he seems, and an isolated Lake District location.
But what sets it above your average thriller is when the central character Gemma (a fabulous Jasmine Hyde) starts losing her sight intermittently, as we see through her eyes what she sees and doesn’t see.
It’s a trick that adds an extra layer of fear and disorientation to proceedings, in a movie that already plays an is he/isn’t he game with our danger instincts over Gemma’s new friend and her husband.
I’m always surprised more films aren’t made in the English Lake District, particularly horror – the mobile phone reception is terrible and if you holiday there expecting wifi then all I can say is, ha (say, not email. Or text).
Last summer I was there with my sons and the hotel wifi broke. They never fixed it, so I was reduced to standing outside a teashop I’d used the day before and using theirs to find out who was bollocking who for no reason on Twitter.
Anyway, I’m sure Gemma would have longed for her only Lake District problem being tea shop wifi and finding the best Lakeland fudge for the person who fed her cat, as in The Unseen she literally has a life or death battle to save herself.
The Unseen is directed by Gary Sinyor (Leon The Pig Farmer) and is out in cinemas and on demand on 15 December 2017. Check out my review here along with interviews with the director and stars of the film.