The Seasoning House (2012) | Paul Hyett’s harrowing tale of revenge is a beautiful brutal thing
The Seasoning House takes place during the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s in a Balkan brothel where an enslaved mute girl Angel (Rosie Day) plans to make her escape after the arrival of Sean Pertwee’s sadistic militia, who were responsible for murder of her mother. Utilising her ability to move through the house’s crawl spaces, Angel sets out to get her revenge….
After 20 years as a special effects designer on films like The Descent and The Woman in Black, Paul Hyett takes up the director’s chair to fashion a killer feature debut, fusing a harrowing wartime-set revenge drama with grim, unrelenting survival horror elements and a Pan’s Labyrinth-influenced dreamlike quality. It’s certainly uncomfortable viewing, but also a beautiful brutal thing and a bloody good start for Hyett’s new career.
The Seasoning House is available on Blu-ray and DVD, streams on YouTube at £7.99 from Movies Partnership UK (must be 18 or over to view) and screens on Sky Premiere (Sky 301, Virgin 401) from Friday 17 January 2014.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXyUp_nX1Fk%5D