Starts Thu 16 Dec at:
Are you ready for a very scary Christmas? Horrific real-world news story becomes Giallo-inspired horror in this gleefully deranged interrogation of our conspiracy-fuelled, edgelord-filled times.
Twentysomething New Yorkers Addie and Noelle can’t believe their luck when they find an apartment in their price range in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Of course, there’s a catch, and it’s not the food left to rot in the cupboard or the blood-stained mattresses. As they soon learn, the flat used to belong to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – and absolutely nothing good can come from staying there, stewing in the paranoiac, malevolent doom he left behind.
The Berlinale Best First Feature Award-winning debut film of actor and ‘dirtbag leftist’ podcaster Dasha Nekrasova (The Red Scare) follows the separate rabbit holes into which the apartment draws these two women. For Noelle (played by co-writer Madeline Quinn), it’s epic Epstein conspiracy theories and sex with her like-minded new girlfriend (Nekrasova); for Addie, it’s something more sordidly sinister. Shooting on grimy, gleaming 16mm and cheekily nodding to everything from Eyes Wide Shut and Brian De Palma to 70s horror and pornography, Nekrasova dives into all-out madness but with tongue kept firmly in cheek throughout. And yet, underneath it all, The Scary of Sixty-First is driven by a palpable outrage and an acutely self-aware sense of the zeitgeist.
Critics are saying..
"There’s alchemy at work in Dasha Nekrasova’s debut film “The Scary of Sixty-First,” the kind that can turn what’s old into what’s new. Equal parts ’70s-style paranoia thriller Eyes Wide Shut” homage, and empathetic critical commentary on the conspiracy theories craze, this hallucinatory pastiche is even more than the sum of its cinematically riveting parts. It feels like one of the few genuine attempts at understanding this dislocating moment and the many people who have lost themselves within it." - Indiewire
"Thrilling and unforgettable" Indiewire
"Will make some people very mad" Variety
"It dares to cross boundaries of decorum" Slant
"Makes “The Crown” look like a Buckingham Palace PR job" Variety
"A rude, riotous, post-Epstein horror" Variety
"Alchemy at work" Indiewire
Not for the faint of heart. This feature contains scenes that may be distressing for some viewers, please consult the Australian Classification website for more detailed information.