Ireland | 2024 | 98 min. | Damian McCarthy

After her twin sister is gruesomely murdered, a blind psychic in rural Ireland vows to unearth the truth with the help of her ex-brother-in-law’s new girlfriend and a particularly cursed wooden mannequin. Winner of the 2024 SXSW Midnighter Audience Award.

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Winner of the SXSW Midnighter Audience Award, Oddity is an absolutely original and unsettling supernatural thriller. In true Gothic fashion, the film begins on a dark and stormy night. Home alone, Dani (Carolyn Bracken) is busily renovating the new country house she recently purchased with her husband Ted, a doctor at the nearby psychiatric hospital, when a desperate knocking summons her to the front door. A tense standoff ensues between her and Olin Boole, an escaped mental patient. His warnings, however, fall upon deaf ears, and a shrouded figure murders Dani. One year later, Ted still lives in the half-refurbished home with his new girlfriend Yana. Dani’s twin sister Darcy (also played by Bracken), a blind antiques dealer who specializes in collecting cursed objects, unexpectedly visits, bringing with her an utterly bizarre housewarming present—a grotesque wooden mannequin. Despite his own skepticism toward her claims of being a spiritual medium, Ted allows her to stay overnight. But as darkness falls, Darcy’s psychic talents soon reveal the mysteries surrounding her sister’s slaying while malevolent forces marshal against her. In his second feature film, writer-director Damian McCarthy employs a wickedly clever flashback structure, skillfully infusing this creepy phantasmagoria with an eerie atmosphere of pervasive dread.

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  • Director: Damian McCarthy
  • Principal Cast: Carolyn Bracken, Gwilym Lee, Tadhg Murphy, Caroline Menton
  • Country: Ireland
  • Year: 2024
  • Running Time: 98 min.
  • Producer: Katie Holly, Laura Tunstall, Evan Horan, Mette-Marie Kongsved
  • Screenplay: Damian McCarthy
  • Cinematographers: Colm Hogan
  • Editors: Brian Philip Davis
  • Music: Richard G. Mitchell
  • Awards: SXSW 2024 (Midnighter Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Caveat (2020)
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Shudder