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In Fabric

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Peter Strickland
  • 118 mins
  • 15

Summary

Supernatural horror comedy starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Hayley Squires. Recently divorced Sheila is looking for a dress to impress, and happens upon a striking red gown that she quickly snaps up. When Sheila finds herself caught up in strange and increasingly dangerous events, though, the culprit may well be the mysterious, malevolent garment.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A malevolent frock proves surprisingly wily in a film that gives the phrase "fashion victim" a whole new meaning. Possessed by the spirit of 1970s horror, the fourth narrative feature from Berberian Sound Studio's Peter Strickland combines Tales from the Crypt-style fatalism with lashings of Italian giallo. It finds Marianne Jean-Baptiste's bank clerk Sheila negotiating the singles scene while dealing with her surly son (Jaygann Ayeh) and his even surlier girlfriend (Gwendoline Christie). Looking for a dress to impress, Sheila heads to the strangest of department stores. There she encounters a shop assistant straight out of Hammer horror (Fatma Mohamed), who directs her to a flashy red number with a sinister past that's destined to continue its reign of terror. Jam-packed with idiosyncratic period detail and directed with unabashed flamboyance, Strickland's fusion of the uncanny and humorously humdrum is irresistible, sending up British bureaucracy, disastrous dates and the lure of the sales, as it rubs up against gothic kink and the supernatural. Sublimely shot by Ari Wegner, In Fabric is weird and wonderful in the extreme.

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Credits

Cast

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SheilaMarianne Jean-Baptiste
BabsHayley Squires
Reg SpeaksLeo Bill
Miss LuckmooreFatma Mohamed
GwenGwendoline Christie
StashJulian Barratt
CliveSteve Oram
VinceJaygann Ayeh
JillSidse Babett Knudsen
PamCaroline Catz

Crew

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DirectorPeter Strickland

Details

Theatrical distributor
Curzon Artificial Eye
Released on
2019-06-28
Guidance
violence, sex scenes
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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