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“The Keeping Room” is a refreshing new take on both Western and horror films as demonstrated by this chilling new clip from Drafthouse Films. The movie has been praised as a feminist angle on two traditionally male dominated genres, featuring three young women squaring off against two drunken Yankee soldiers in a home defense scenario reminiscent of a 19th century “Panic Room.”
In the clip above, the film’s three protagonists (played by Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and newcomer Muna Otaru) prove they are more than just Southern belles as they prepare to protect themselves against the approaching threat, made spooky and monstrous by the slurring disembodied voices heard through the window.
The official synopsis from Drafthouse Films reads: “In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Marling) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Steinfeld) and their female slave Mad (Otaru). When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home — and themselves — as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.”
“The Keeping Room” will open in limited release on September 25.