THE STRINGS (2020) Review and overview


‘Catherine will see…’

The Strings is a 2020 Canadian horror feature film about a dark presence that terrorises a female musician at a remote coastal cottage.

Directed by Ryan Glover (Hills Green) from a screenplay co-written with Krista Dzialoszynski, the Eggplant Picture & Sound-Observer Effect Productions movie stars Teagan Johnston (aka Little Coyote, who also composed and played the music live on set), Jenna Schaefer (Makeout Massacre short) and April Aliermo. Produced by Krista Dzialoszynski, Ryan Glover and Robert Menzies (The Monster; I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House; The Blackcoat’s Daughter).


In the dead of winter, musician Catherine (Teagan Johnston) travels to her aunt’s remote cottage on the shores of Prince Edward Island to work on new material in solitude.

Soon after visiting an abandoned farmhouse with local photographer Grace (Jenna Schaefer), strange and disturbing occurrences begin to manifest at the cottage, escalating each night and eroding Catherine’s sense of reality…


“The dialogue is minimal and straightforward, and Johnston confidently carries the film on her shoulders, resulting in a dark and beautiful film that slowly draws you in and will leave you thinking about it long after viewing. A snowy backdrop, a hypnotic performance from Johnston, murderous hallucinations, and an eerie score, make The Strings a sensory experience that is enchanting and profoundly horrific.” Dread Central


The Strings premiered at this year’s virtual edition of the Salem Horror Festival.

Cast and characters:

Teagan Johnston … Catherine
Jenna Schaefer … Grace
April Aliermo … Anita
Lora Bidner … The Pianist
Toby Hendy … The Physicist
Tara Niewiadomski … The Tattoo Artist

Technical details:

94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio: 5.1 stereo

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