MARTYRS LANE (2021) Preview and Shudder acquisition news



Martyrs Lane is a 2021 British supernatural horror film about a little girl who develops a relationship with a nocturnal visitor.

Written and directed by Ruth Platt (The Lesson). Produced by Christine Alderson and Katie Hodgkin.

The British Film Institute (BFI)/Ipso Facto ProductionsSharp House co-production stars Denise Gough, Steven Cree, Kiera Thompson, Anastasia Hille, Hannah Rae and Julie Barclay.


A young girl named Leah lives in a large vicarage with her parents and older sister. During the day the house is bustling with people; at night it is dark, empty and space for Leah’s nightmares to creep into. Leah can’t quite work out why something feels missing in her relationship with her mother, however hard she tries.

When a small, nightly visitor appears, Leah feels duty-bound to receive them with kindness – and a little game between them begins in which Leah is set a nightly task. With each task, Leah’s knowledge grows – knowledge that unpicks the broken relationship she has with her mother and threatens to destabilise the world as she knows it…


Streaming service Shudder has acquired the rights to Martyrs Lane for North America, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand from Danish sales company LevelK.

Martyrs Lane is a terrifically scary and emotionally captivating ghost story; a haunting tale of a mother and daughter – reminiscent of the elegance and melancholy of The Devil’s Backbone – and we’re thrilled to bring it to subscribers later this year as part of Shudder’s premium, curated slate of the best in horror film,” Shudder’s Emily Gotto said in a statement.

Cast and characters:

Denise Gough … Sarah
Steven Cree … Thomas
Kiera Thompson … Leah
Anastasia Hille … Lillian
Hannah Rae … Bex
Julie Barclay … Janet
Catherine Terris … Edith
Donna Banya … Kyla
Charlie Rix … Brian
Lianne Harvey … Amy
Sienna Sayer … Rachel


There is currently no trailer available for Martyrs Lane

Initial source: Deadline