Director Jon Knautz has built himself a nice little reputation among the Frightfest fraternity, responsible for such diverse outings as Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, Girl House, The Shrine and Goddess Of Love.

Knautz is back for the 2018 shindig with his latest offering, which certainly promises something pretty dark.

In fact, we’ve already checked out The Cleaning Lady and, if we had to sum it up in one word, we’d probably go for sinister.

Building on a short film from 2016, this expanded opus stars Alexis Kendra (who has the likes of Goddess of Love, Big Ass Spider! and Hatchet II on her resume), along with Rachel Alig as the titular character.

Here’s a synopsis:

As a means to distract herself from an affair with a married man, love-addicted beautician Alice befriends her soft-spoken, reclusive cleaning lady Shelley, facially scarred by burns from a traumatic childhood incident. Soon everyone caught in Alice’s infidelity trap learns to their dread that Shelley’s scars run much deeper than they ever suspected. Jon Knautz directed the past FrightFest favourites JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER, THE SHRINE and GODDESS OF LOVE. Now he returns with his darkest, creepiest, nastiest, most twisted and intense psychological horror yet, one bound to win him even more FrightFest fans. Something very fierce this way comes.

To be honest, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the ‘person is scarred therefore has to be evil’ vibe that the trailer gave off, but the film has a whole truckload of backstory that pretty much puts that to one side.

Here’s the trailer for the film that gets its world premiere at Frightfest on Friday, August 24:

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 three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle