Sound is always a crucial part of horror films. Not just when it comes to music, either. Simple noises from a door opening, a lock being jangled, or food getting chewed can be just as unnerving as a demon jumping at you, if done right. And judging by the new trailer for “Amulet,” it appears that Romola Garai’s film is full of plenty of creepy sounds.
“Amulet” tells the story of a former soldier Tomaz that finds himself on tough times, homeless and without a job. He quickly jumps at the opportunity to help a woman, Magda, take care of her dying mother. Unfortunately, that comes with the problem of having to live in a dilapidated house with some, uh, unusual, spooky things happening.
The film stars Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton, and Angeliki Papoulia. “Amulet” is directed by actress-turned-filmmaker Romola Garai, making her feature debut.
In our review from this year’s Sundance, we praised the director’s “quiet attentiveness,” however we also said, “But that does mean her film, for all its supernatural trappings and rotting-carcass gory moments might not scratch a diehard horror aficionado’s itch —especially in a final stretch that, while diverting, occasionally diverts into silliness, and which confirms that Garai is not so much interested in scaring you as letting you know that she is pissed.”
“Amulet” will arrive in select theaters and on VOD on July 24.
Here’s the synopsis:
Following an accident that leaves him homeless in London, former soldier Tomaz is brought to the rotting home of Magda, a lonely woman in desperate need of help as she looks after her dying mother. Though at first resistant, Magda eventually welcomes him into their lives and allows him to help her care for them. But as he worms his way into their routine and begins to fall for Magda, Tomaz starts to notice strange, unexplainable, and ugly phenomena. Something seems very wrong with the mysterious old woman who never leaves the top floor, and Magda may in fact be enslaved to do her otherworldly bidding.