As novelist Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) is struggling with a story inspired by a woman’s disappearance in 1946, a young couple (Odessa Young, Logan Lerman) move in with her and her husband (Michael Stuhlbarg). Susan Scarf Merrell’s novel is fictional, but based upon the ”Haunting of Hill House” writer’s personal issues and the complicated nature of her marriage. The young couple unwittingly become target and muse. Deliciously wicked performances by the two leads in an uneven film that visually (and audibly) borrows ideas from Jackson’s work; there are touches of dark comedy and horror.
2020-U.S. 107 min. Color. Directed by Josephine Decker. Screenplay: Sarah Gubbins. Novel: Susan Scarf Merrell. Cast: Elisabeth Moss (Shirley Jackson), Michael Stuhlbarg (Stanley Edgar Hyman), Odessa Young (Rose Nemser/Paula), Logan Lerman (Fred Nemser), Victoria Pedretti, Orlagh Cassidy.
Trivia: Co-produced by Moss; co-executive produced by Martin Scorsese.