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Run Time: 94 minutes
IN THE TRAP is the kind of horror film that grabs you right out the gate and doesn’t let go. After a violent encounter with a demon mars Philip’s childhood, his already devout mother only intensifies her praying and assures her son that doing the same will keep the evil spirits at bay. Now an adult—still living and working as a proofreader in his late mother’s apartment—Philip’s social circle remains small. He leaves his home only to see Catherine, his doting girlfriend, and Father Andrew, his unofficial guardian and priest. Although it’s been years since Philip has felt a shadowy presence, his paranoia sets in as signs point to the demon’s return. As the oppressive walls of his apartment close in, the spirit continues to torment Philip, driving him to live as a prisoner in his own home. Terrified to leave, Philip prays constantly; but evil lurks just outside his window. Tight cinematography turns a home into an atmospheric labyrinth, while a mix of ardent faith, mental illness, and toxic masculinity lead to frightening consequences in this claustrophobic thriller. — D.O.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:45 AM ET
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11:30 PM ET
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4:30 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
International Narrative Competition
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