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 often terrible, which does away with one of the first problems when making a modern horror.
The Unseen is written and directed by Gary Sinyor (Leon The Pig Farmer). Check out my review here along with (spoilery!) interviews with the director and stars of the film.