John Jarratt and Kaarin Fairfax are making their directorial debut with the dark comedy-thriller StalkHer and we have the trailer to share with you. What looks to be a combination of Stephen King’s Misery, fellow Aussie thriller The Loved Ones and Hope Springs, the trailer shows an interesting blend of humour and thriller tropes, tied together with a strangely sexy, seductive ribbon.
There are times when it feels uncomfortable and it’s a difficult one to get your head round, but it’s impossible not to admit that this looks extremely entertaining. It certainly paints John Jarratt in a new light, even though he has an unmistakeable dark edge to his character here, too.
Jack is pushed past the brink of his stalking obsession when he decides to break into Emily’s home to take what he wants by force. However, his plans for her pain and his pleasure come unhinged when he wakes up to find himself bleeding and bound to a chair in her kitchen. For one night Jack and Emily engage in a twisted and thrilling courtship of the sexes that leads one to wonder which one of them will survive the night.
Break in, grab the girl, get out and claim the ransom; the perfect kidnap. Five ex- cons and one disillusioned retired screw blast their way into a mansion house to kidnap a rich young woman, Nika.
Getting in and grabbing the girl is the easy part, but getting out proves impossible; the house becomes a fortress, they get locked in, and Nika turns out to be the bitch from hell; a reluctant vampire queen that would do anything to protect herself and her fanged babies. The only thing that keeps Nika under control and avoids her transforming into a killer machine is heroin( she’s an addict with a reason) but the dope’s gone. Nika transforms into her vampire alter ego and hunts the intruders one by one, obliterating them.
The men fight tooth and nail to find a way out of the house; be it through the sewers, up through the roof tops, down the garbage shoot, or the coal room or even blasting the walls down… but nothing works, and all the while the shadow of death is constantly behind them. Nika’s intentions are not just revenge: the monster inside her is not just looking for blood, but for a suitable mate to impregnate her with the seed of life and keep the vampire line going.
Six men trapped like fish in a barrel; a bloody nightmare of a barrel…
A supernatural tale where evil takes on a sexy side. A married couple moving into their new home is faced with an entity that feeds off lust and desire, corrupting and/or killing everyone in its path as it plots a horrifying plan to destroy the world. Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, and Lukas Hassel take the lead, with the supporting cast including Augie Duke, James Duval, Dominique Swain, Elissa Dowling, Robert Donovan, Catherine Annette, Julia Lehman, Lauren Parkinson, Jill Evyn, Michael Reed, Rachel Riley, Nicholas Principe, and Kanefsky’s frequent collaborator Tiffany Shepis (pictured above in NIGHTMARE MAN). Kanefsky also teases that “some surprise music legends” will be showing up.
Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky | Produced by Esther Goodstein & Cleopatra Records