The people under the stairs
March 11 sees the release of one of the year’s most hotly anticipated thrillers, as The Ones Below moves into cinemas, bringing with it a sense of slowly unfolding dread that recalls Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s Baby and last year’s domestic thriller The Gift.
Written and directed by David Farr, screenwriter of Hanna, The Ones Below is a dark, modern fairy tale in which the lives of two couples become fatally intertwined. Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) live in the upstairs flat of a London house, ready to welcome their first baby. All appears well on the surface though Kate harbours deep-seated fears about her fitness to be a mother and her ability to love her child. One day, another couple, Jon (The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey) and Theresa (Finnish actress Laura Birn, last seen in A Walk Among the Tombstones), move in to the empty apartment below. They are also expecting a baby and, in stark contrast to Kate, Theresa is full of joy at the prospect of imminent motherhood. Pregnancy brings the women together in a blossoming friendship as Kate becomes entranced by Theresa’s unquestioning celebration of her family-to-be… but everything changes one night at a dinner party in Kate and Justin’s flat. Kate begins to sense that all is not as it seems with the couple below. Then a tragic accident throws the couples into a nightmare and a reign of psychological terror begins.
Take a look at the trailer here and watch out for The Ones Below when it arrives on March 11 (UK) and May 27 (US).