23 December 2020 | rawfootagepodcast
Not an 'adaptation' or even a 'horror' per se, but a slow, haunting masterpiece.
Excellent film that uses the framework of a gothic novel to tell a different and much more ambiguous tale (Who is the monster?).
This is a film much more interested in female intelligence and desire and the crushing of female intelligence and desire than it is in lurid Jess Franco-esque titillation or squelchy Roberto Rodriguez-esque gore.
The ambiguity of whether there is anything supernatural going on or even if there is anything homoerotic going on is pitched very well and brings up other aspects of life such as the propensity for a witch-hunt. Jessica Raine is excellent in her supporting role.
Reminds me of 'Lady Macbeth' in all the best ways. Emily Harris is another director to watch.