In Fabric

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In Fabric's gauzy giallo allure weaves a surreal spell, blending stylish horror and dark comedy to offer audiences a captivating treat.

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A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She's fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown--which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.

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  • "In Fabric" is bespoke horror for a discerning and self-selecting clientele.

    January 2, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Few people could get away with making haunted couture seem chilling without being kitsch, or turn ridiculously verbose retail-speak into something both sidesplitting and unnerving.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Strickland and his cast play it (sort of) straight, aiming for the difficult target of horror-comedy. Comedy wins, but not without some truly gruesome set pieces that take a shrieking delight in the dress wreaking bloody havoc.

    December 6, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dave White

    TheWrap
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  • A little too arch and over-concocted for its own good...

    December 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Is "In Fabric" amusing, terrifying or instructive? That cackle you hear, with another twist of the dial, is Strickland's maniacal laughter.

    December 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Strickland suffuses In Fabric with intense whispers and a celebration of the beautifully twisted.

    December 5, 2019 | Full Review…

    Elizabeth Metzger

    NPR
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  • Jan 25, 2020
    Those uninitiated to director Peter Strickland's BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO or THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY may find IN FABRIC a good access point to his dark and subtle humor as well as his alienating use of the mundane as suspense. The movie is a Gialli-inspired "horror" film about a dress...that murders people. Yes, I know you're already having flashbacks to Quentin Dupieux's RUBBER (you know, the one where a tire rolls around and makes peoples' heads explode?). It is similarly played straight-faced by a dedicated cast of some of Britain's finest character actors like Gwendoline Christie, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Julian Barratt. The real star of the show is Strickland's mainstay actress, Fatma Mohamed who plays a vampiric, robot/mannequin store clerk. She's like a synthetic amalgam of Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper from BLUE VELVET, equal parts entrancing, disturbing, and giggle-inducing. As for the novelty of a killer dress, the movie takes it time, but it seems to be more focused on the terrors that domesticity and middle age hold for the working class. As I mentioned, the true horror and most unsettling aspects of the film arise from how mundane every facet of the characters' daily lives are. From consumerism to dating to just eeking by at work, we're conditioned to accept the meager and the mediocre, and existential dread is, for some reason, really funny when you stalk it with a disembodied dress then kill it.
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