Every year, one little horror film comes out of left field to capture the genre community’s attention, and, as a result, I constantly read about it without ever getting the chance to see the damn thing until nearly 12 months from when I first read about the damn thing. 2008’s was Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs, which to suffer through ten months of anticipation to finally own on DVD. The year prior, that other great French hardcore-show, Inside. That’s a two-for-two batting average, so I came into 2009 hoping that this year’s flick-of-choice would keep the standards intact.
Six months into the year, I’d have to declare Paul Solet‘s Grace as 2009’s horror film to anticipate. The best part about this one: as far as I can tell, Grace will actually receive a small theatrical run, rather than go straight-to-DVD. Solet, a first-time filmmaker from the Boston area, originally put together a short film on the subject matter, which centers on a woman who delivers a baby thought to have died in her womb and the gory consequences of such a decision. Some influential people, including Hatchet writer-director Adam Green, loved the short and ponied up some cash for Solet to make a feature film out of the material.
Grace has played some film festivals already, and the critical consensus is overwhelmingly positive. The sexy-as-can-be Jordan Ladd is receiving some strong word for her turn as the baby’s mama, and all signs point to this one being just as poor a viewing choice for pregnant women and mothers of newborns as Inside.
The dynamite, wonderfully-paced and edited red band (R-rated, the only way this one should be seen, really) trailer can be seen at: FearNet — Grace – Red Band Trailer