Roxanne Benjamin’s Body at Brighton Rock was one of my 50 most-anticipated movies of 2019. The stripped-down thriller just premiered at SXSW and between the positive reviews and this first trailer, my hype levels haven’t abated one bit. Take a look after the jump.
Body at Brighton Rock has a simple concept—a young, inexperienced park guide finds herself lost, alone, and in over her head when she gets lost, discovers a dead body on a remote mountain trail, and must guard the potential crime scene overnight until help arrives. From the looks of this trailer, everything that can go wrong, does.
But while relatively straight forward, the movie looks tight, tense, and ominous, playing on the fears, paranoia, and isolation of the remote situation. And bears, there are bears. Overall, this looks like a moody, atmospheric, effective throwback style horror thriller, and I’m here for it all.
Body is Benjamin’s first solo feature, though she’s directed segments of horror anthologies XX and Southbound, and also produced the V/H/S movies and The Devil’s Candy. All of which are good things indeed. And she was recently tapped to write a Night of the Comet remake for Orion—seems like the perfect time and person to do that—which, as of last week, she apparently already turned in.
It’s not a huge cast, but the film stars Karina Fontes as Wendy, the novice park guide, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey, Martin Spanjers, Matt Peters, and more.
Magnet releases Body at Brighton Rock in theaters and on VOD on April 26.