Gothic horror films often rely on a certain heightened mood to convey a particular kind of terror, which means that the actual story can be about anything at all, including divergent generational desires. Case in point: A.D. Calvo’s new film “Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl” follows Adele (Erin Wilhelmi) as she goes to live as a caretaker for her aging aunt Dora (Susan Kellerman). Adele quickly becomes lonely in a large, empty house as she provides food and medicine to a woman who won’t leave her room or show her face. She soon meets mysterious young woman Beth (Quinn Shephard), with whom she quickly becomes intimate friends. Soon, Beth starts testing Adele’s moral ground as she begins to abandon her caretaking responsibilities. When Adele finds out that Beth isn’t who she says she is, she’s sent spiraling down a psychologically precarious path, following in the footsteps of Dora. Watch the exclusive trailer below.
“This film is an effort to examine how, little by little, one can go from being conscientious and considerate to being careless and ambivalent,” says Calvo. “How, over time, slips in one’s moral compass can lead to lapses in judgment; perhaps even lead to evil. The story juxtaposes the material desires of a poor young woman with the physical needs of her wealthy elderly aunt. So, really, this is just the age-old social security debate, which is as relevant in today’s political climate as it was back in 1980.”
“Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl” will premiere at Fantastic Fest this fall.