The Lodge, NEON

NEON presents the intoxicatingly moody and gripping psychological thriller, The Lodge, starring Riley Keough and Alicia Silverstone. With electrifying performances from every single member of the ensemble cast, directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz deliver a wildly intense descent into madness. 

A family retreats to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When the father (Richard Armitage) is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace (Riley Keough). Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace’s dark past.  

Here are 5 reasons why you should see The Lodge:

5) Riley Keough!

The hypnotic film is boosted by an outstanding performance by Riley Keough that is impossible to forget. In a fully realized characterization, Keough brilliantly portrays the many aspects of Grace’s vibrant personality. Struggling to connect with the kids, Grace (Keough) attempts to be the authoritative figure, the cool friend who lets them watch R-rated films, and the traumatized survivor hoping to outrun her past. 

4) Alicia Silverstone!

You couldn’t ask for anyone better than Alicia Silverstone to kickstart your movie. As Aidan and Mia’s mother, Laura, Silverstone is the emotional heart of the narrative right from the start. In the gut-punching opening minutes, Silverstone beautifully captures the raw honesty of being thrust with excessive expectations of perfection that is forced upon mothers. 

3) Jaeden Martell!

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Jaeden Martell is wonderfully able to depict Aidan’s inner anger and angst. Because he can only communicate himself with his younger sibling, Aiden (Martell) is unable to emotionally connect with an older generation. 

2) The Scares!

With their claustrophobic wintry setting, writers Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, and Sergio Casci are able to fine-tune the tension between the major characters with slow-building dread. The bone-chilling music by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans heightens the maddening isolation. With the claustrophobic cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis, directors Fiala and Franz are brilliant at steadily pacing the intense terror. 

1) A Suspenseful Thriller!

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An intensely suspenseful thriller, The Lodge has such memorably riveting performances in a tightly claustrophobic environment. Horror fans are going to love this one!

The Lodge arrives in theaters on February 7th, 2020.

By Jorge Solis