Five twenty-something youths arrive at a beautiful
house at the Hamptons, looking to enjoy the Jacuzzi and fill
it up with sex and recreational drugs for a whole weekend.
Each one quickly picks up a bedroom, and poor Ruth ends
up alone in the apparently haunted service room. She goes
to bed early and, as soon as the ghost they told her about
appears in the room, what looked like a textbook horror film
flies out the window. Ruth and the ghost start talking, connect,
and end up in bed. After that night, she starts to feel
physically strange and disconnected from her friends.
The consequences of promiscuous sex, a raunchy ghost, and
really loud synthesizers bring Lace Crater closer to It Follows'
supernatural horror, but this original debut by Harrison
Atkins has a lot more to do with the dynamics of human
relations, a constant in the films of Joe Swanberg, star and
producer of this one.
Born in the USA, he directed the shorts Chocolate Heart
(2014) and Blissful Banque
t (2015; Grand Jury Prize at the
Oak Cliff Festival). Lace Crater
is his first feature.