Based on the 2009 Gothic novel by Sarah Waters (Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet) and directed by Room‘s Lenny Abrahamson, The Little Stranger looks like a classical British ghost story ala The Woman in Black and its genre mates – but knowing Waters’ other work, there’s almost certainly a lot more going on under the hood.
The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient (Will Poulter), Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
Sounds like a spooky good time, with lashings of class conflict and probably some repressed sexuality thrown in for good measure. Co-starring Charlotte Rampling and Ruth Wilson, The Little Stranger creeps into cinemas soon.