The Lodge – UK | USA, 2019 – reviews

‘You’re not welcome here.’

The Lodge is a 2019 British-American horror feature film directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz (The Field Guide to Evil‘Die Trud’; Goodnight Mommy) from a screenplay co-written with Sergio Casci. The FilmNation Entertainment-Hammer Films co-production stars Richard Armitage, Riley Keough, Alicia Silverstone and Jaeden Lieberher.

Release:

Film distributor NEON acquired The Lodge after the Sundance festival in January and announced that the movie would be released theatrically on November 15th 2019. This was later changed to February 7th 2020.

Plot:

A soon-to-be-stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations finally begin to thaw between the trio, strange and frightening events threaten to summon psychological demons from her strict religious childhood…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

The Lodge starts subtle, with vexing sound design and a few eerie shots (hanging turkeys, black balloons, a screaming face frozen on the TV), but on a dime, it spirals into outright insanity, taking turn after shocking turn, leaving the audience out of breath and praying for a reprieve.” Bloody Disgusting

The Lodge is psychological cruelty, both on the characters and the viewers, to a degree where there will be those who are legitimately angry over what is transpiring on screen. A lot of you might have missed Goodnight Mommy, but hopefully, audiences will finally take notice of Fiala and Franz with The Lodge, a film which is sure to be one of the top “feel bad films of the year”. Killer Horror Critic

“Watching The Lodge, it’s easy to relate to that feeling of entrapment. That’s a credit to the movie’s claustrophobic tendencies at its high points, but as it continues along an aimless trajectory, The Lodge proves that even horrible events can be a deadly bore.” IndieWire

“Directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz build a tense atmosphere that’s filled with trepidation and dread, making tremendous use of the claustrophobic setting (and the creepiest dollhouses you’ve ever seen) to mirror not only the woman’s slide into madness but also that of the kids. The performances are effective…” Screen Zealots

Premiere:

The Lodge premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 25 January 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • Richard Armitage … Richard
  • Riley Keough … Grace
  • Alicia Silverstone … Laura
  • Jaeden Lieberher … Aidan
  • Lia McHugh … Mia
  • Daniel Keough
  • Katelyn Wells … Wendy
  • Lola Reid … Young Grace

Technical details:

100 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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