A cross between Suspiria and an old Farmers catalogue, the latest from retro genre stylist Peter Strickland, centring on a demonic dress at a posh department store, gleefully satirises fashion and consumerism.
A malevolent scarlet dress wreaks havoc in this mischievously entertaining and sophisticated genre-twister. Melding retro chills, anti-consumerist treatise and bonkers social satire, with a good dollop of sensual witchery woven in, director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) once again nails the quality of strangeness inherent in giallo and Euro-horror.
Dentley & Sopers Trusted Department Store offers ladies all they could desire, and it is here that Sheila, a beleaguered bank employee and mother of an obnoxious teenage son, comes looking for something nice to wear on her first date with Adonis, encountered over the internet. She is beguiled into purchasing a vibrant dress - Demonic Red would describe it well - by the head salesclerk, who wears a voluminous black gown, accompanied by a bulbous, lacquered hairdo and razor-red lipstick and nail polish. The fetishist look is matched by convoluted enticements veering between loopy sales pitch, philosophical riddles and menacing flirtation. Unbeknownst to Sheila, her purchase possesses dark intentions unrelated to sartorial splendour; she won't be the garment's only victim in this mordantly funny and stylish tale. - SR
Director/Screenplay: Peter Strickland
118 minutes/R13 horror & sexual references