For me, horror works best with a good, strong and very dark atmosphere. It is not always about gore and violence, sometimes all you need is a strong story and a good amount of menace and intrigue to give you goosebumps. Irish director Ciaran Foy makes the jump to feature length films with Citadel, and the film looks terrific, just the kind of horror I love. The look of the film, the setting and the truly unnerving atmosphere reminds me of a little known British horror which came out two years ago called Outcast.
Citadel looks stunning, and today a brand new trailer has been revealed, and it is a full two minutes dripping with tension and mystery, it is chilling, even frightening in places, and the atmosphere comes across as incredibly claustrophobic and unsettling. Everything I really admire about horror appears to be in this film, so role on its arrival, and hopefully we will have a release date to share with you soon.
Written and directed by Ciaran Foy, the film stars James Cosmo, Aneurin Barnard, Amy Shiels and Wunmi Mosaku.
Tommy Cowley is a young father inflicted with chronic agoraphobia since his wife was brutally attacked by a gang of a twisted feral children. Trapped in the dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown, he finds himself terrorised by the same gang, who now seem intent on taking his baby daughter. Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, Tommy sets out to learn the nightmarish truth surrounding these hooded children. He also discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most – the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel.
By Matt Wavish