RELENTLESS (2020) Flooding basement survival thriller

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‘Never underestimate your will to survive’

Relentless is a 2020 American survival thriller film about a woman trapped in her basement as a major thunderstorm begins flooding the house.

Written and directed by Barry Andersson (Edge of Insanity; The Soviet Sleep Experiment), the movie stars Rachel Weber, Charles Hubbell, Presley Grams, Bea Hannahan and Anna Hickey.


Jennifer (Rachel Weber) is living alone in a large, empty house while struggling with depression after a recent loss. She is trying her best to deal with the hand that life has dealt her.

On the eve of a major thunderstorm, Jennifer accidentally locks herself in the basement. As the water begins to flood in and quickly rise, Jennifer soon finds herself in the ultimate fight for survival!


Writer-director Barry Andersson commented: “I loved exploring the basic idea of what we, as human’s value when faced with a personal tragedy. What do we hang onto and when do we need to let go of things? We set up the house to be a metaphor for these very questions. The upstairs represents things we worry about every day such as paying bills, charging our devices etc.”

Andersson also said: “But, what I find strange is that those are the very things, that if we were stranded on a desert island, we wouldn’t give a second thought. In the basement, we had boxes and shelves of memories of people that were lost in the character’s life, which, like most of us tuck away and only revisit from time to time. This all leads to the climax of the film where once life’s challenges become all-encompassing it forces Jennifer to let go of everything and focus on surviving and saving herself.”


“The cinematography and directing was never anything less than sublime here, and some strong images stuck with me, such as Jennifer laying on a floating table shown via an overhead shot, or her early desperate attempts to undo the latch trapping her in the basement, as a Black Christmas style shot of her eye peering through the hole in the wall completes the picture.” The Rotting Zombie


Terror Films will release Relentless on digital platforms on November 27th 2020.

Terror Films’ President Joe Dain said this week: “We had to decide what label this film made sense for. Though Relentless might not be seen as a traditional horror film, it does deal with the horror of loss and loneliness, while also tackling our basic human instinct to survive in a harrowing and desperate situation.”

Cast and characters:

Rachel Weber … Jennifer Benson
Charles Hubbell … Father
Presley Grams … Leah Benson
Bea Hannahan … Young Jennifer Benson
Anna Hickey … Leah Stark

Technical details:

73 minutes

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