Being alone indoors is a common facet of pandemic life, but in The Vigil and Saint Maud, it’s also a recipe for religious horror. These two films, which recently hit VOD and streaming, bend in opposite directions yet are cut from the same cloth. Both have first-time writer-directors at the helm and both are distributed by indie-horror labels (IFC Midnight and A24, respectively). Moreover, both center on an isolated individual who comes to believe that a supernatural force is reaching out to them. In The Vigil, it’s a demon from Jewish folklore, the mazzik. In Saint Maud, it’s a Welsh-speaking version of God himself.

Throw in a twitchy dead body under a white sheet, and a bed-ridden woman who’s ready to go Regan MacNeil on you, and you might think you were in store for a schlocky double feature. We’ve seen plenty of flicks like that (not naming any names, but there’s a whole subgenre of exorcism movies, many of which carry abysmally low Tomatometer scores.) What separates The Vigil and Saint Maud from those and unites them as thematic cousins is their serious-minded depiction of trauma and mental health.

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saint maud trailer uk

Sooner or later, A24 will release Saint Maud here in the states. I’m genuinely surprised they haven’t gone the VOD route with this one yet, as it’s a relatively small movie that would play great at home. But while we here in America wait to see what A24 is going to do, those in the UK will be able to check the film out when it arrives in October. Ahead of that release, here’s a new trailer.

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saint maud release date

Saint Maud is doomed for release date purgatory. A24 has pulled its religious horror movie from release once again, postponing the theatrical Saint Maud release date indefinitely after pushing it from its initial April release date for July 17.

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saint maud release date

The release-date shuffle continues! At one point, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet had July 17 locked-down as a release date, with everyone and their mother trying to tout the film as the big movie theater comeback event of the summer. Then Warner Bros. moved Tenet to July 31, along with shuffling several other titles to later dates. Now that July 17 is free game, other studios are taking their chances: A24 has moved the delayed Saint Maud to that date, and Sony has done the same with their rom-com The Broken Hearts Gallery. The big question is: will anyone go see them with the coronavirus still lurking around?

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saint maud screening series

A24 and AMC are teaming up to give you the heebie-jeebies in honor of the upcoming Saint Maud. The Saint Maud screening series – dubbed She Is Risen – will feature showings of female-lead horror movies leading up to an early screening of Saint Maud. Titles include The ExorcistRosemary’s Baby, and more, with the series kicking off on Friday the 13th.

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‘Saint Maud’ Trailer Promises You Holy Hell

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Saint Maud is bound to be another polarizing horror film from distributor A24. That’s to say it’s going to be beloved by some while others are going to complain that it doesn’t have any jump scares. I’m in the former category – I caught Rose Glass‘s religious nightmare at Fantastic Fest, and it blew me away. In honor of Ash Wednesday, A24 just put out a new Saint Maud trailer, and while it’s effective, it’s also the type of trailer spoiler-phobes might want to avoid.

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saint maud trailer

A24 has carved out a brand releasing weird, unconventional horror movies that casual horror moviegoers don’t quite get, but horror fans go gaga over. And they’re at it again with Saint Maud, a highly disturbing slow burn that’s going to stick with you long after the credits have rolled. The Ross Glass-directed feature follows a disturbed young woman (Morfydd Clark) who works as a hospice nurse. Watch the Saint Maud trailer below.

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saint maud fantastic fest

The slow, burning, ever-mounting dread. A scenario that always seems slightly off, as if the world itself has somehow become askew. And a climax that cranks the terror up to 11. These are the familiar trappings of the A24 horror movie – The WitchIt Comes At NightEnemy, HereditaryMidsommar, even the upcoming The Lighthouse. Now the indie distributor has added another slow-burn terror to their cannon: Saint MaudRose Glass‘ sensational creeper that puts the viewer entirely within the mind of its religion-obsessed protagonist. From the very first shot it becomes clear that horrible events are lurking in the shadows of Saint Maud, and by the time the shocking final frame arrives, we’re left with nothing but unrelenting nightmares.

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Saint Maud Review

Have there been studies linking trauma and piety? How many born-again converts came to their faith through suffering, damage and pain? First time feature filmmaker Rose Glass examines just that, following newly devout nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) and her relationship with her patient, Jennifer Ehle’s Amanda. Maud most recently worked at a public hospital, but after a mysterious tragedy concerning her last patient, she’s now a private nurse for Amanda, a celebrated dancer dying from lymphoma of the spine. Amanda’s iconoclasm and Maud’s sanctimoniousness make for a dangerous combination, one that Glass takes in fascinating and deeply unexpected places.

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