Martyrs Lane – Fantasia 2021


Martyrs Lane – Fantasia 2021

Leah, 10, lives in a large vicarage, full of lost souls and the needy. In the day the house is bustling with people; at night it is dark, empty, a space for Leah’s nightmares to creep into. A small, nightly visitor brings Leah comfort, but soon she will realise that her little visitor offers knowledge that might be very, very dangerous.

A girl is instructed to do nightly tasks by a ghost in . Leah () is a 10-year-old living in a vicarage with her family. Out of morbid curiosity, Leah takes her mother Sarah's (Denise Gough) locket to find that it contains a golden lock of hair, which goes flying outside of Leah's window. Shortly afterward, Leah begins seeing the ghost of a blonde-haired girl (), who appears at Leah's window every night. The spirit gives Leah regular tasks to piece together the mystery of this ghost and her connection to the family.

Martyrs Lane is a ghost story written and directed by Ruth Platt, about a 10-year-old girl, who befriends a spectral child who appears to her at night. Despite being a ghost story, I would be hard-pressed to consider Martyrs Lane to be a horror film, despite having a few spooky moments lake in the film. Instead, I would describe Martyrs Lane to be more a family drama that is about Leah piecing together the mystery surrounding the ghost's appearance. In fact, if you are a fan of the early films of Guillermo del Toro, then Martyrs Lane would probably be a film that you end up digging.

Martyrs Lane is streaming as part of the virtual 2021 Fantasia Film Festival

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.