Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger is a horror-adjacent mashup in a world obsessed with labels. It's not a thriller, per se, but neither is it a horror movie, a love story, or strictly a period piece; it's all of those, and much more.
The Little Stranger is Abrahamson's directorial follow-up to his 2016 Oscar-winning Room — also a genre-blending thriller — and is based on the 2009 Sarah Waters novel of the same name. As in the novel, Abrahamson's Little Stranger follows Dr. Faraday's (Domhnall Gleeson; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ex Machina) obsession with a crumbling English manor and the family weighed down by its legacy, the Ayres.
As Faraday grows more entrenched with the family and, specifically, Ruth Wilson's (Luther, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House) Caroline Ayres, he slowly begins to understand just how strange the house truly is.
SYFY WIRE sat down with Abrahamson, Wilson, and Gleeson ahead of the premiere of The Little Stranger to discuss the complicated characters and themes playing out in the film. And Faraday's mustache. Mainly the mustache.
The Little Stranger opens in theaters this Friday, Aug. 31.