The trailer of Kate Dolan’s You Are Not My Mother has dropped and it is truly horrifying. Starring Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken, Ingrid Craigie and Paul Reid, the Irish horror film will be released in theatres and on demand on March 25, 2022, telling the story of a teen girl named Char whose missing mother returns, but with an uncanny change in personality. Kate Dolan, who has made several remarkable short films like Catcalls, made her feature film debut with You Are Not My Mother.
The trailer overall proves to be very disturbing from the start to the very end. It begins with Char having nightmares filled with images of some rituals and she bolts upright. As the trailer proceeds, it is told that Char’s mother Angela, disappears one morning after dropping her to school. Then suddenly one night, she just comes back, without a single scratch. The family notices the evident changes in her behavior, posture and appetite but the changes were welcomed as she was very much bed-ridden before vanishing.
She says it herself that something doesn’t feel right, however, doesn’t tell anyone where she had been for those days. Gradually, her behavior started becoming increasingly creepy and alarming, for example, sneaking into Char’s room and asking if she’s awake in a blood curdling whisper. In a voice-over, a woman tells Char that her mother isn’t really her mother while the visuals of Angela shedding her skin and doing a super scary dance play in the foreground. It’s chilling right?
You Are Not My Mother has already received much critical appreciation, earning a score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival during the Midnight Madness stream where it ended up being named first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award for the section.
The film was also streamed at Sweden’s Gothenburg Film Festival and was appreciated for the way the dilemma of a child with a mentally ill parent has been presented.
The unsettling trailer gives us a sneak-peek of what horror this Irish film would have in store for us. It will definitely serve as a treat for people who crave horror that it not only terrifying but a bit disturbing, too. Not to mention, the trailer does make it obvious why the film had already earned accolades worldwide.