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‘Abandoned’ Exclusive Clip – Emma Roberts Goes to Michael Shannon for Answers to Haunted House Mystery

Emma Roberts stars alongside John Gallagher Jr. and a creepy Michael Shannon in Vertical Entertainments horror movie Abandoned and we have got an exclusive clip for you today.Abandoned opens In Theaters June 17 and Available on Digital and On Demand June 24. In the clip below Emma Roberts goes to Michael Shannon for answers to the mystery.

I do not believe in that kind of thing. But if I did it would be just the place for it Shannons character says in the clip referring to the house Roberts has moved her family into.What is the dark secret of the place? Find out later this month.Spencer Squire directed the film written by Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott.Abandoned follows the sharply intense lives of Sara Emma Roberts her husband Alex John Gallagher Jr and their infant son as they move into a remote farmhouse which harbors a dark tragic history. As their homes past is revealed the mothers fragility escalates to a state of psychosis that jeopardizes her own safety and that of her newborn son. Paul Schneider Channel Zero Candle Cove also stars in Abandoned.Writer Director Peter Hengls feature debut Family Dinner combines the discomfort and cringe of awkward family dynamics at the dinner table with holiday horror. In this instance the holiday is Easter a rarity in the genre space. Family Dinner unfurls its methodical slow tale in the days leading up to Easter Sunday centering volatile relationships and strict peculiar holiday traditions to create deep seated psychological dread.

Fifteen year old Simi Nina Katlein arrives at her Aunt Claudias Pia Hierzegger house just ahead of Easter weekend. Simi hopes her aunt a renowned nutritionist and a health book best seller will help her lose weight though she waits until she gets there to ask for Claudias guidance. Claudia agrees immediately putting Simi on strict caloric restrictions and harsh rules. Then Simi must contend with her hostile cousin Filipp Alexander Sladek while Filipps stepdad Stefan Michael Pink is unusually warm towards her. The closer to Easter Sunday it gets the tenser the family becomes. The truth behind the behavior is more harrowing than Simi could have ever anticipated.

Hengl drops his naïve young protagonist into a tangled web. Its apparent from the outset that Simi does not know her aunt or cousin very well her rare visitation sparked solely by personal motivations. That unfamiliarity with her surroundings and people breeds discomfort straightaway. Simi and the viewer by proxy are perpetually on edge as she walks on eggshells to avoid trigging the anger of Filipp or Claudia. Claudia is initially much warmer and more welcoming than her son Filipp but falsely planted evidence of hidden snacks brings Claudias wrath upon Simi and accusations of not taking her nutritional advice to heart. Observing the volatile relationship between Stefan and Filipp becomes a source of paranoia another significant red flag that somethings amiss.

Family Dinner applies steady pressure to the psychological horror sending Simi from one uneasy encounter to another within an increasingly claustrophobic household. Food and lack thereof plays a vital role in instilling dread. Food and the ritual of eating are intrinsic to Claudia who has built an entire career from it. How Hengl frames and incorporates food provides more insight and answers where dialogue does not the filmmaker is not interested in spelling things out for the audience in more conventional ways.Because the narrative is framed from Simis perspective Claudia and Stefan are just out of reach throughout. To retain enigmatic dread Hengl keeps the adult characters as strangers. Simis closest and most frequent interactions are with her similarly-aged cousin or phone calls with her mother. Keeping Claudia and Stefan at arms length lends to the unsettling atmosphere but dampens the impact of the reveals.

Easter brings the slow simmer to a roaring boil. Fraught psychological dread explodes in violent horror. s foreshadowing skills mean audiences may vaguely guess where things are headed but its grisly details keep you guessing. While the third act brings a more explosive payoff its still slightly restrained. Its in the oppressive mood and atmosphere that Family Dinner shines brightest. Hengls grasp of imagery and exploitation of character insecurities goes far in creating a twisted family gathering of nightmarish proportions. Much like the diet-obsessed and particular Claudia Family Dinner wants you to savor the details. It requires more patience, and its payoff may not achieve quite the explosive highs intended. Even still it leaves you with a lot to chew on.

Family Dinner made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival with no release date announced at this time.

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