HELP (2021) Reviews and release news for psychological thriller



‘Everyone has a secret’

Help is a 2021 British psychological thriller in which a young woman’s life turns chaotic when she uncovers a deadly secret about her friend.

Written and directed by Blake Ridder, making his feature directorial debut. Produced by Louis James. Executive Produced by Lucas A. Ferrara

The movie stars Emily Redpath (Romeo & Juliet), Sarah Alexandra Marks (H.P. Lovecraft’s Monster Portal; Exorcist Vengeance; Spider in the Attic; Easter Killing), Louis James (The Offering), Blake Ridder, Duncan James, Stuart Wolfe-Murray and Amy Jim.


A young woman’s life turns chaotic when she uncovers a deadly secret about her friend… A painful break-up prompts Grace to visit her friend Liv who is living in the idyllic English countryside with her boyfriend Edward and his dog Polly.


The trio starts the weekend in high spirits but things soon turn into chaos, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the friends come to see each other in a whole new light. Everyone has a secret…


“Some of the dialogue does come across as quite scripted at times which can take you out of it a bit but the film just about gets by as Emily Redpath delivers a strong central performance and so it is worth sticking with it. However, once the film’s finale comes along it really grips you and throws everything it has at you to create a really dark and vicious ending.” Filmhounds

“While some of the dialogue can be a little too much on-the-nose, there are several plot twists that genuinely come as a surprise. The awkwardness of being a guest in a house in which something is bubbling is portrayed perfectly, allowing for brilliant outbursts of arguing and violence.” Starburst

“Ridder has made a picture worthy of a great deal of praise and recognition. His screenplay is filled with interesting characters, well-written dialogue and unexpected plot twists. The suspense will grab the viewer’s attention and keep them guessing until the end.” UK Film Review


Help premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival on 20th March 2021.

The film will be available on Digital on February 15th 2022.

Cast and characters:

Emily Redpath … Grace
Sarah Alexandra Marks … Liv
Louis James … Edward
Blake Ridder … David
Duncan James … Jogger
Stuart Wolfe-Murray … Chris
Amy Jim … Barbra

Technical details:

96 minutes



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