Fans of backwoods slashers and survival horror will want to check out The Retreat when it arrives in select theaters and VOD platforms beginning May 21st from Quiver Distribution. Check out the trailer and read more about the movie below.
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Renee and Valerie, a couple at a crossroads in their relationship, leave the city to spend the week at a remote cabin with friends. But when they arrive, they can’t find their friends. They stumble through their relationship woes and discover a group of militant extremists is determined to exterminate them.
Pat Mills directs the film from a screenplay by Alyson Richards; the film stars Tommie-Amber Piri, Sarah Allen, Rossif Sutherland, Aaron Ashmore, and Celina Sinden.
The idea for the film originated when my wife and I spent the night at a remote wilderness retreat in the middle of nowhere. We never saw our hosts but kept feeling like we were being watched. We were hyper-aware of how exposed we felt and vulnerable we were so far from the comfort of the city. A vulnerability we felt not just as women but also as queer women. In a remote setting we were at the mercy of our surroundings and strangers we weren’t sure we could trust. In many ways, times have never been better for the LGBTQ+ community. Especially if you live in a progressive city but what happens when we leave that safety and comfort? The Retreat explores that fear.
Another big driving factor for writing this film was feeling frustrated by the representation of queer characters in genre movies. Queer bodies have a long history of being disposable in media. The ‘bury your gays’ trope is real. In so many movies and shows, the queer female characters are often killed or worse, revealed to be the ‘psychotic killer’ and then killed. Our limited representation is often expendable and only exists to support the heteronormative narrative. I really wanted to write a script where the queer women didn’t turn on each other but instead turned to each other to survive. It was important to me that the gay women in The Retreat work together to turn the tables on the villains and live
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