After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister's disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.
1985. When film censor Enid Baines (Niamh Algar) discovers an eerie horror that speaks directly to her sister's Debbie (Erin Shanagher) mysterious disappearance, she resolves to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director Doug Smart (Michael Smiley); a quest that will blur the lines between fiction and reality in terrifying ways. The film 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.
Our thanks to Vertigo for this screening.