If Hollywood horror brings the glamour, British horror often brings the grit, and there appears to be plenty of that in director Adam Levins’ Estranged.

A twisted tale of family values, the film features Atlantis star Amy Manson as January, a young woman whose life is going to take a very unfortunate turn for the worse.

Here’s the synopsis:

January is forced to return home after six wild years abroad. A road accident has left her wheelchair-bound with amnesia.

Not only has she forgotten her family, but also her childhood and is surprised to discover her home is a stately country manor. Trying to settle in with boyfriend Callum at her attentive side, she just becomes even more distant from her family, who just want their old daughter back.

The trouble is she cannot remember who that person was, or why she fled in the first place. Now she must learn all over again how terrible relatives can be.

The redoubtable James Cosmo heads up the supporting cast, also featuring the likes of Nora-Jane Noone, James Lance and Craig Conway.

The film marks Levins’ first stab at feature direction after 2006 short The Passenger (and some cinematography work) and gets its UK premiere on Saturday, August 29.

Here’s a trailer:

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.