We receive dozens of emails weekly with film promotions from festivals. More recently, we were sent ‘Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart’ which will premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest this weekend. By the looks of the trailer and screen grabs, this is one very creepy tale. Once we’ve had a chance to watch the film, we’ll bring you a detailed review. For now, enjoy the trailer and accompanying photos.
“Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart” will world premiere at the festival with screenings September 20 – 27. The film, written and directed by Reece, follows newlyweds, David (Jacob Ryan Snovel) and Madeline Middleston (Audrey Wagner), who have just purchased a historic hotel near the town where Madeline’s estranged mother, Dianne (Mary Buss), resides. When Dianne comes to visit, she brings with her an uninvited guest.
Inspired by Igmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata,” “Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart” pulls from the newer surrealist styles of Darren Aronofsky and Yorgos Lanthimos’ acclaimed “Mother!” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Reece molds stylistic performances and imagery to dive deeply into the emotional drama of the mother-daughter relationship dynamic and trauma of a generational curse.
Critics have described the film as “excellent,” “weirdly hypnotic,” and “a scare worth losing sleep over.”
“Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart” follows the success of Reece’s previous project, “Mickey Reece’s Alien” which premiered to a sold-out audience at the 2017 DeadCenter Film Festival and then won the “Graveyard Shift Grand Jury Prize” for “Best Feature Film,” “Best Actor,” and “Best Actress,” at the Nashville Film Festival.