Honestly, I probably wouldn't have even posted this trailer if it didn't have Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman hooking up in it. Because otherwise, OCTOBER GALE would have looked like any other derivative thriller that tried to pass as suspenseful. We've all seen this kind of movie: a hot stranger blows into town, stranded, and an unsuspecting woman offers a helping hand. (Actually, we just saw this in No Good Deed with Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba just a few months ago).
But how often do we see a hot older woman (Clarkson, age 55) hooking up with a hot younger man (Speedman, age 39) in the horror genre? Right, very, very rarely. And I am so here for it. Anyway, here's the full synopsis of the film:
Toronto doctor Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson), mourning the death of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie), retreats to the isolated island cabin where they'd spent some of their most cherished moments together. Her reverie is cut short when a mysterious man, Will (Scott Speedman), washes ashore with a bullet in his shoulder. As he recuperates, the two develop a tentative connection, though Will refuses to explain what happened. When a severe storm traps them on the island as Will's would-be killer returns, their ability to trust each other then becomes a matter of survival. Also co-starring Tim Roth. OCTOBER GALE is a story about a couple warily exploring their growing bond under extreme circumstances.
Writer-director Ruba Nadda has received critical acclaim for character-driven dramas such as SABAH and CAIRO TIME (winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2009 Festival). In OCTOBER GALE, she brings her astute psychological insight to bear on an intimate, suspenseful thriller.
I'm not familiar with this Nadda's work, but I am anxious to see her contribution to the genre here. Watch the trailer:
OCTOBER GALE opens in theaters March 6th.