Directed by Ciaran Foy
An agoraphobic man enlists a renegade priest to save his daughter from an evil gang of feral children who attacked his wife. Urged to pity the impoverished youngsters by a social worker, Tommy (the wonderful Aneurin Barnard) turns instead to the priest (James Cosmo of GAME OF THRONES) who believes the killer kiddies are demons who need to be exterminated. Roger Ebert hit the nail on the head when he called CITADEL, "a horrifying thriller painted on a small and very dark canvas." It's an intensely disturbing film sure to keep you from falling asleep tonight.
An agoraphobic man enlists a renegade priest to save his daughter from an evil gang.
Cast: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Ian Hanmore
When you think that you’re having a bad day just be glad that you’re not that main character in this movie.
A pretty decent thriller. The concept is unique but it was a bit melodramatic. Even so, there are some decent eerie themes and some cool allegory and even some history behind the premise.
This is the kind of movie that gives me hope in the future of horror. Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, Bitter Harvest) did an amazing job conveying the fear that the main character was living in day to day. Bernard was often the only person on screen, other than a baby. With no other actors to play off of his acting was key to keeping a viewer invested. Ciaran Foy (who would go on to direct Sinister 2) delivered a solid and original story line while borrowing a couple of troupes like the priest with all of the answers and a kid with supernatural powers. Whether you are a fan of atmospheric horror or jump scares, you will love The Citadel.