Eschewing more traditional distribution models, director Stewart Thorndike and producer Alex Scharfman have elected to stream “Lyle,” the first of three female-focused horror films, for free. Streaming starts August 4 on the film’s website, while Thorndike and Scharfman begin a Kickstarter campaign for their next film “Putney.”
This little domestic horror film a la “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Repulsion,” the effervescent Gaby Hoffmann (“Crystal Fairy,” “Obvious Child” and HBO’s “Girls”) sheds her comedy routine for darker meat, here as a pregnant lesbian who becomes increasingly terrified by the world around her, questioning the motives of her lover and her friends and neighbors. Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress Award at Outfest, where the film world-premiered.
“Lyle” is a well-shot and moody slice of terror, and perfect for streaming at home — a place where, for Hoffmann’s character, the wallpaper is peeling and madness is looming. Check back on August 4. For now, watch the trailer below.