I’ve been a Barbara Crampton fan since I saw her in Re-animator (as a kid) and I tend to check out the films that she’s attached to, so when my friend let me know that there was going to be a free screening and Q&A of the Sacrifice (2021) movie online, I knew that I had to check it out.
Directed by Andy Collier and Tor Mian, Sacrifice takes place in a small village in Norway, where Isaac (Ludovic Hughes) and Emma (Sophie Stevens) return to Isaac’s hometown to sell his childhood family home that Isaac has inherited. Emma is pregnant and due in about six weeks, so there’s a sense of urgency to move the process along as quickly as possible. Barbara Crampton plays a local Norwegian police officer and she attempts to reunite Isaac with his past.
The film has been described as Cosmic Horror and it definitely has an HP Lovecraft vibe to it, but we don’t see monsters in the way that I would have expected. At a runtime of a little under 90 minutes it’s still a bit of a slow burn, but it does go to great lengths to get you into the character’s minds, especially as they welcome Isaac back and perceptions change.
Barbara Crampton does an excellent acting job, especially when going over Isaac’s past, although I did find her Norwegian accent a tiny bit distracting, but it could also have been because I’m used to seeing her in other types of roles. Her daughter in the movie, Johanna Adde Dahl, also did a great job as well as Sophie Stevens as her character becomes more desperate. All in all, a solid acting job from the entire cast and a bit of a slow burn, with a twist ending. Great atmosphere and worth a watch, especially with an online group of friends.