IFC Midnight has released a trailer for an upcoming horror film from the UK titled A Banquet. This film tells an unsettling story of a teenage girl who is under some kind of strange possession. As you might imagine, her mom is concerned, but she is being pushed to her limit as she struggles to deal with what is happening to her daughter.
So, what exactly is going on with this teenage girl? Here’s what the synopsis says:
A widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith, Betsey refuses to eat but loses no weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly finds herself confronting the boundaries of her own beliefs and the repressed traumas of her past.
The movie was directed by Ruth Paxton, and the movie also stars Ruby Stokes, Lindsay Duncan, and Kaine Zajaz. The film is also described as follows:
“Between discomforting body horror and simmering psychodrama, Paxton skillfully escalates a common [dinner table] dynamic towards the upsetting but profound parental fears of being unable to understand one’s own child, what they want or need, and how to protect them from… an unforgiving world.”
A Banquet will be released in select US theaters and on VOD starting February 18th, 2022.