Ghosts can haunt our attics and our air vents, but they can also haunt our bodies and minds. Now, there’s a new film entirely about that terror, only the haunting comes in the form of an infection. “Lace Crater” follows twenty-something Ruth (Lindsay Burdge) who’s just getting over a breakup as she and her friends head to the Hamptons for a weekend of mild debauchery at their friend Andrew’s parents’ summer home. With all the bedrooms in the main house taken, Ruth agrees to sleep in the guest house that is supposedly haunted. One night while everyone is having a good time, Ruth stumbles to her bed and ends up encountering a mysterious figure – a burlap sack-wearing, light-sensitive otherworldly entity, Michael (Peter Vack). Ruth and Michael have a one-night stand, but when she returns home, she develop a ghostly STD, with symptoms that include frequent vomiting, light sensitivity, and spewing black ooze. When her friends all but abandon her, she’s left in isolation to deal with her problems and must decide on her own whether she wants to return to normal society. The film also stars Chase Williamson (“John Dies At The End”), and Keith Poulson (“Somebody Up There Likes Me”). Watch an exclusive trailer below.
The film is the feature-length debut from Harrison Atkins, who also wrote the script. It is produced by Joe Swanberg, who has previously directed such films like “Hannah Takes The Stairs,” “Drinking Buddies,” “Happy Christmas,” and “Digging For Fire.”
“Lace Crater” premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It will screen at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal next week. It opens theatrically in New York City and on VOD (exclusively on FlixFling) on July 29th, followed by a theatrical release in L.A. on August 5th with a national rollout to follow.