2021 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
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Film censor Enid takes pride in her meticulous work, guarding unsuspecting audiences from the deleterious effects of watching the gore-filled decapitations and eye-gougings she pores over. Her sense of duty to protect is amplified by guilt over her inability to recall details of the long-ago disappearance of her sister, recently declared dead in absentia. When Enid is assigned to review a disturbing film from the archive that echoes her hazy childhood memories, she begins to unravel how this eerie work might be tied to her past.
UK, 2021, 84 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond
"Engrossing. An immersive thrill. Unfolds with elegant atmospheric dread. The movie shows the mark of a filmmaker in full command of vintage horror’s most disturbing strengths — and well-equipped to resurrect them."—Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"The foggy, gloomy texture of Bailey-Bond’s movie has many sense memories of horror: the Italian slasher movies of Joe D’Amato, the under-the-counter sleaze of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, and the video-fetish connoisseurship of Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers, Brad Miska’s V/H/S horror anthology and Hideo Nakata’s J-horror Ringu."—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian UK
"Steeped in the gory look, grimy feel and transgressive spirit of the so-called "video nasties" from the 1980s, British meta-minded horror movie Censor offers an admirable pastiche, spiked with black humor. Deliciously executed."—Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
"An excellent interrogation of the psyche. A strong film, marked by a dedicated directorial vision and a stunning central performance. The ending will stay with you."—Jeff Ewing, Forbes
"A mind-bending nightmare. Intricate, gorgeous and mesmerizing. Marks the introduction of a bold new voice in horror."—Megan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting
"A stylish calling card for all involved, one that certainly demonstrates an impressive level of directorial control for a debut filmmaker."—Jessica Kiang, Variety