Starve Acre – TRAILER


Landing in our inbox is the STARVE ACRE trailer an unsettling British folk horror written and directed by BAFTA nominee Daniel Kokotajlo (APOSTASY), starring Matt Smith and Morfydd Clark.

1970s, rural Yorkshire. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s seemingly idyllic family life is thrown into turmoil when their young son Owen starts acting out of character. A sudden, tragic event brings grief and drives a wedge between the once happy couple. At Starve Acre, their remote family home, academic archaeologist Richard buries himself in exploring a folkloric myth that the ancient oak tree that once stood on their land is imbued with phenomenal powers. While Juliette turns to the local community to find some kind of peace, Richard obsessively digs deeper. An unexpected discovery soon occupies the couple’s attention and dark and sinister forces, unwittingly allowed into their home, offer a disturbing possibility of reconnection between them.

Director Daniel Kokotajlo says: “I’m a sucker for films that put a spell on you with their attitudes and strange sensibilities. English folk tales like Starve Acre give you an opportunity to do that. It’s not just horror; it ends up in a weird, off-kilter place. It can be uncomfortably quiet and sensitive, then suddenly it slaps you in your face with its oddballness. That was the aim of this film: to create a mood of nervousness. Making an audience nervous results in a whole range of reactions: tears, screams or giggles.’

The supporting cast includes Erin Richards, Robert Emms, Sean Gilder and Arthur Shaw. A House Production, based on the award-winning 2019 novel Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley and with original music by Matthew Herbert (THE WONDER, DISOBEDIENCE), the film had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2023 and is released in UK and Irish cinemas on 6 September 2024.

STARVE ACRE will be released in UK & Irish cinemas on 6 September 2024

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Here’s the Starve Acre trailer……


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