A Higher Power Takes Over in Horror Film 'A Banquet' Official Trailer
by Alex Billington
January 5, 2022
"I can feel something inside of me…" IFC Midnight has revealed the official trailer for an indie horror film from the UK titled A Banquet, made by a Scottish filmmaker named Ruth Paxton. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and hit a bunch of others including Fantastic Fest, Beyond Fest, Montclair, and London. Widowed mother Holly is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey experiences a profound enlightenment and insists her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith Betsey refuses to eat, but loses no weight. The film stars Sienna Guillory, Jessica Alexander, Ruby Stokes, Lindsay Duncan, & Kaine Zajaz. TIFF adds: "Between discomforting body horror and simmering psychodrama, Paxton skillfully escalates a common [dinner table] dynamic towards the upsetting but profound parental fears of being unable to understand one's own child, what they want or need, and how to protect them from… an unforgiving world." It looks extraordinarily unsettling. So creepy.
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Ruth Paxton's A Banquet, direct from YouTube:
A widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith, Betsey refuses to eat but loses no weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly finds herself confronting the boundaries of her own beliefs and the repressed traumas of her past. A Banquet is directed by Scottish filmmaker Ruth Paxton, making her feature directorial debut after a number of short films previously. The screenplay is written by Justin Bull. This initially premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival and Fantastic Fest last fall. IFC Films will debut Paxton's A Banquet in select US theaters + on VOD starting February 18th, 2022 this winter.
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