Lavender Reviews

April 17, 2019
Extra points to Gass-Donnelly for setting most of his scares during the daytime; even some of the familiar conventions of the genre (mazes, kids' lullabies, terror-fraught cornfields) seem fresh in the light of day.
March 7, 2017
[Abbie] Cornish's strong performance [...] serves as an anchor that keeps this slow-burn thriller [...] from wearing out its welcome before the third-act revelations.
March 2, 2017
While it succumbs to a lot of clichs that blunt its impact, Lavender shows that there are interesting ways to apply genre elements beyond the bump and chills, and in the service of story about memory, trauma, and resolution.
March 1, 2017
As old-fashioned as Hitchcock's Spellbound, Lavender presents the unlocking of suppressed horrors as a freeing experience, without the messiness of further analysis.
November 3, 2016
[Donnelly] draws strong performances from his cast, especially Abbie Cornish, who's compelling as a damaged woman who finds herself doubting everything around her.
May 2, 2016
Lavender is often an effective and haunting atmospheric thriller that doesn't compound its twists with ADD-style turns that mimic a Billy Mays' sale pitch ("but wait, there's more!").
April 19, 2016
Another return to "return of the repressed" ghost-story terrain, "Lavender" unearths few new surprises yet reconfirms the efficacy of its genre's most hallowed conventions.