A macabre, erotic, visually thrilling and very funny phantasmagoria that follows the misfortunes of customers who come into contact with a cursed red dress at an eerie department store.
Sheila, played by a brilliant Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets and Lies) is getting back into the dating game and heads to Dentley & Soper’s Department Store to get herself something new to wear.
As with his three previous films — Katalin Varga (2009), Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and The Duke of Burgundy (2014), writer/director Peter Strickland subverts genre conventions with panache to create his own distinctive and deeply peculiar world, here split across two dreamy tales.
A great cast includes Fatma Mohamed, Gwendoline Christie, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill and musician Barry Adamson, with Steve Oram and Julian Barratt providing comic relief as smarmy bank managers. Wonderfully shot by cinematographer Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth) and with a synth score from composers Cavern of Anti-Matter, this is a haunting treat, full of flair and menace.