“What happens to all lost girls…they go mad.”
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? meets its horror counterpart in the new film by Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline) starring Elisabeth Moss in what AwardsWatch called a “beautiful tour de force.”
Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.
Shirley co-stars Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name), Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Odessa Young (Assassination Nation). Director Josephine Decker won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival where the film premiered.
Neon will release Shirley everywhere on June 5. Here is the trailer and poster.