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In Fabric

Instrueret af Peter Strickland
Storbritannien, 2018
Rædsel, Komedie


The journey of a cursed but beautiful red dress as it passes from person to person with devastating consequences. When the dress starts to exact a heavy toll on its owners, they discover that it’s almost impossible to get rid of, and that the staff who sold it to them may be hiding a dark secret.

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In Fabric Instrueret af Peter Strickland
What I found ultimately enthralling about In Fabric, and what sets it apart from its giallo forerunners, is a distinct lack of sensationalized or fetishized dead female bodies. Here, the horror and the violence is literally bound up in fabric, ensuring this film is set to become a stylish horror classic.
July 10, 2019
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Referencing softcore arthouse cinema and fashion catalogues as well as trashy television advertising, Strickland has the precision of Tom Ford and the melodrama of Dario Argento poised in every aspect of his mise-en-scene. Stylistically, the film is like a cut up and a collage, elegantly transitioning from photographic montage back to moving image with narrative ease.
December 20, 2018
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Such stylisation may test some viewers’ patience, but there’s a level of brazen confidence here that’s to be applauded. The plot concerns a haunted dress and its disturbing effects as it passes among wearers. The idea is delightful in its simple potency, and the garment itself is gorgeous to behold – its deep red colour and draped silhouette are undeniably sensual.
September 12, 2018
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  • Endless Eye's rating of the film In Fabric

    Heavily influenced by the original Suspiria, this b-movie loving horrorshow is a phantasmagoric fun house critique of consumerism that doesn't always make sense, and doesn't always need to. Great performances, cinematography and wonderful score, the parts that leave you bored or scratching your head are made up for by the sheer freaky absurdity that punctuates the entire film.

  • Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film In Fabric

    Marianne Jean-Baptiste is a legend, and Strickland’s film is so hypnotic the fact that you can’t always follow the logic of this killer dress just doesn’t matter. I felt the same way about Duke of Burgundy.

  • Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film In Fabric

    Peter Strickland's new film is as bonkers as one might expect. Inspired by a former department store in Reading it manages to make going to the sales the most eerie experience possible and unwrapping your purchase one of the most ill advised of activities. Described as Are You Being Served meets Suspiria you really don't want to know what lurks in the dumb waiter.

  • jessetaylor's rating of the film In Fabric

    Peter Strickland delivers once again with an absolutely bizarre tale of a bewitched dress from a mysterious department store that wreaks havoc on those who have worn it. It's definitely my favourite cinematic critique on consumerism since George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. While not as completely head-to-toe brilliant as his last film The Duke of Burgundy, this is still an overall joy to watch.

  • Jason's rating of the film In Fabric

    Peter Strickland has tended to strike me as an artist operating without much in the way of rhyme or reason, which is not to say he's a stranger to ideas, but nothing he has made before has been nearly as ecstatically moronic as IN FABRIC. The whole thing, fair enough, speaks to a kind of macabre gluttony and watching it was increasingly unpleasant in a way similar to being force-fed well past the point of being full.

  • Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film In Fabric

    Retro Brit horror meets consumerist satire in this exquisitely crafted mindtwister about a cursed dress, its fetishistically period-perfect trappings a throwback to the old Amicus compendiums.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film In Fabric

    "In Fabric" gets a bit self-indulgent with its second hour. I would like to have had a better exploration and resolution to Sheila's arc - amazing Marianne Jean-Baptiste! - and the DS store department secret... instead of jumping on to the silly and uninteresting couple for the the second half of the film. It's nevertheless a cool satire to our consumerist society with some gothic undertones and aesthetic wit.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film In Fabric

    Before being commited to horror or any storyline, Strickland is commited to cinema. Proving us that there's nothing scarier than middle class banality, In Fabric delivers an evil arthaus cinema that's both : a colorful trip to hell & a search for an atmosphere method that comes from sounds and sensations. Because we are caught within these multiple layers of images, narratives and metaphors, the horror is felt real.

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